Conte wants swift outcome on Ivanovic future

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte wants a swift resolution to the speculation regarding Branislav Ivanovic, as reported by ESPN.

What’s the word?

Branislav Ivanovic looks set to leave Stamford Bridge before Tuesday’s transfer deadline but the Serbian defender has to make a decision on his future, as he mulls over offers from Zenit St Petersburg and alternative options in the Premier League.

After giving his all for Chelsea and winning every single title he could possibly get his hands on in West London, Ivanovic can earn himself a free transfer this month as a thank you from Roman Abramovich- but not if he remains in English football.

As things stand though, Ivanovic’s situation is yet to reach a final outcome and boss Antonio Conte is pushing the defender for a resolution.

What was said?

Speaking after Chelsea’s FA Cup win over Brentford, Conte said:

“When one player has the habit to play every game and it happens that you are not playing regularly, it’s not easy to accept this decision. Ivan knows well the situation and I’m pleased if he remains here, if he stays with us. But in this situation, for sure, the player must make the best decision for him, for his family.”

“Ivan deserves great respect for his career at Chelsea. He played a lot of games, he won a lot with this team. I think we have to respect every decision.”

Will he go?

It’s pretty much guaranteed that Ivanovic will not be a Chelsea player come Wednesday morning but it’s difficult to predict his destination. An offer from Zenit has been received but his family are settled in London, whilst remaining in England would mean interested parties would have to negotiate a deal.

Ivanovic’s options in England are reported to include West Brom, West Ham and Everton, so keep your eyes peeled over the coming days for any developments.

Having found the net against Brentford, he’s potentially giving the Blues a perfect goodbye.