Chelsea have received a lift ahead of their tough trip to Fulham on Monday night as Branislav Ivanovic has committed his future to the club and signed an extension to his contract.
The Blues travel to Craven Cottage for their Premier League clash full of optimism after the 26-year-old Serbian international signed a deal which will keep him at the club until 2016.
The defender moved to Stamford Bridge in January 2008, for an undisclosed fee, and has gone on to make 99 appearances for the blues.
Last year he was named in the PFA’s team of the season, after winning the Premier League with Chelsea.
“It is good news for me, it is a very big step for me in my career and I want to try to help Chelsea win a lot more trophies,” he said.
“These things take a little time but my first vision was always to stay with Chelsea.
“There were not a lot of problems because I wanted to stay, the club wanted me to stay and I want to thank everyone who helped with the deal. I am very happy with that.”
Ivanovic has won two FA Cups as well as last season’s title, and has scored seven goals, including two important ones away at Anfield in the Champions League in his first season.