Veteran defender could extend Chelsea stay by another year

Branislav Ivanovic will “probably” extend his contract at Chelsea before its expiration at the end of the season, according to his agent.

The Serbian defender’s current deal is set to run out shortly after the close of the 2015/16 campaign, and, as of yet, no official agreement has been struck between the 31-year-old and the Blues.

This is, perhaps, understandable given the Eastern European’s form this season, with the right-sided defender having recently been bombed out of Jose Mourinho’s XI after a torrid opening few months of the campaign.

As a result of the uncertainty, links with other sides have started to surface, with Inter Milan reportedly keeping an eye on him ahead of a potential Bosman move next summer.

But his agent, Zoran Krneta, has told InterLive.net (via the London Evening Standard) that the experienced Premier League winner is likely to stay put:

“Probably he will renew his deal with Chelsea.”

However, Krneta refused to completely rule out a switch:

“Rumours about Inter? In football everything is possible.”

Chelsea have a well-known policy of only handing players over the age of 30 one-year contract extensions.