Chelsea Right-Back Ivanovic Intends to Spend His Time at Stamford Bridge
Ivanovic's agent has been quoted as saying:
Ivanovic to Napoli? It's only a rumour because my client has renewed his contract with Chelsea at a figure that would not meet the financial fair play of Napoli.
Ivanovic has three years left in his contract and I don't believe the basis is there to start a negotiation with Napoli.
First of all, Chelsea does not want to part with the player and Ivanovic does not want to leave the club.
The decision to stay at Chelsea only boosts what has already been an amazing transfer window for the Blues so far.
Having already brought in the likes of Marko Marin and Eden Hazard, as well as being the clear favourites to sign Porto striker Hulk, the news that Roberto Di Matteo—or whoever is in charge come August—won't need to find a new right-back is just another bonus.
The Blues had been linked with Gregory van der Wiel of Ajax.
There is no doubt that Van der Wiel would have filled the allotted position left behind by Ivanovic perfectly.
Do Chelsea still need Van der Wiel?
The question now is, will Chelsea still bother trying to sign the Dutch first-teamer as backup, or even competition for Ivanovic, or will they settle with what they've got defensively?
Whatever the case, this is excellent news for a Chelsea team that are looking like they might make a serious charge for the Premier League title next season.
If they do eventually manage to bring Hulk to Stamford Bridge, the Blues could be looking at their fourth league title in just nine seasons.
This dedication from Ivanovic also continues the trend of Chelsea's sudden increased pedigree within Europe.
That's not to say that the Londoners weren't already greatly respected.
But having finally managed to bring the Champions League trophy home, it seems as if they have now completely confirmed their position as one of European football's all-time elite clubs.
Hazard chose Chelsea above United and City for this reason: their Champions League success.
This new-found grasp over the European leagues, could play perfectly into Chelsea's hands over the coming seasons.
The sky's the limit for the Blues right now.
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