Chelsea legend, Branislav Ivanovic has this winter window joined Zenit St. Petersburg on a two-and-half year deal ending his nine year association with the Blues.
The Serbian joins the Russian giants on a free transfer after joining Chelsea from Locomotiv Moscow in Russia in 2008 under the management of manager Avram Grant.
He made his debut for Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League when he helped Chelsea beat Liverpool 3-1 at Anfield in the semi final first leg with a brace and went on to make 376 appearances for the Blues scoring 34 goals.
The Serb who was key in Chelsea winning the 2009/2010, 2014/2015 league titles and was an integral member of Chelsea winning the 2011/2012 UEFA Champions League leaves Chelsea after making just 16 appearances since Italian Antonio Conte was appointed and scored his last goal for the club last Saturday in Chelsea’s 4-0 win over city rivals, Brentford.
The Chelsea legend told the club’s website; “I am motivated and I think that I can play for many more seasons at the top level,” “I have to get used to the team and get physically ready for the upcoming official and important matches.”
Branislav Ivanovic will be remembered by Chelsea fans on so many occasions but the one that may be hovering their minds will be the last gasp goal he scored in the 2102/2013 Europa League final that secured Chelsea the Europa League to ensure they become one of the four clubs to win all UEFA major titles and the only club to hold the two European club titles at a time after winning the 2012 CL and 2013 EL.
The 32 year old Serbian ends his time at Chelsea having won two Premier League titles, one Champions League, one Europa League, three FA Cups and one League Cup. He is also one of the only five foreign players that have played for Chelsea along with Didier Drogba, John Obi Mikel, Petr Cech and Gianfranco Zola to have played 300 or more games for the Blues.
Everyone at Chelsea including my good self wishes Branislav Ivanovic the best of luck in his new club and we say Bravo………….Born in Serbia but made in Chelsea.
Congratulations to the true legend.