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Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic hopeful over new contract
Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic is hopeful of signing a new contract at Chelsea before his contract expires at the end of the season and insists he has put his bad start of the season campaign behind him.
The 31-year-old has admitted to the fact that he had faced a bad start of the season but very hopeful that Chelsea will offer him a contract extension.
“Honestly, I am so happy [at Chelsea],” he told reporters. “I am trying to do my best. I know I didn’t start the season well, but I am back. I hope the result will be good for the team. In that case, I will be good as well. I hope and I think we will have time to speak about my future.”
Ivanovic, 31, will be a free agent next summer and is yet to agree an extension at Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea remaining committed to their policy of only offering one-year deals to players aged 30 and above.
Ivanovic also seemed to be trying to get on Jose Mourinho’s good side — or dark side for anyone but Mourinho — by suggesting a reductive way of stopping Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy on Monday night: “Some of the strikers don’t like it when you kick. You kill their confidence.”
But despite the fact that he will be able to hold talks with other clubs from Jan. 1, Ivanovic is confident that his future lies at Stamford Bridge and hopes his recent upturn in form will smooth contract discussions.
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