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Branislav Ivanovic will be staying at Chelsea
Chelsea's Serbian powerhouse Branislav Ivanovic will not be swapping Stamford Bridge for Camp Nou if Harry Pratt's report in the Daily Star is accurate.
Ivanovic was allegedly an early summer target for Tito Vilanova, but the player has been assured of his immediate future in London by Blues boss Jose Mourinho.
Clearly the defender was looking forward to the prospect of working with the former Real Madrid boss. He said:
We had our first meeting with Mourinho. He looks very impressive and that’s pleasing.
With him Chelsea will act as a team, but we will also improve individually.
Mourinho is very important for the club and for the fans.
Pratt also quotes a source close to the player:
All being well, Branislav would like to be a Chelsea player for the remainder of his playing days at the highest level.
He is definitely staying at Chelsea. He loves Mourinho’s style and is keen to play for the new coach.
He has been told that he does have a future at the club and, while there was the possibility of him going to Barcelona, he is happier staying in London.