Antonio Conte hints at Chelsea exit for Branislav Ivanovic


Antonio Conte has refused to rule out a January departure for Chelsea stalwart Branislav Ivanovic.

Ivanovic has made more than 350 appearances for Chelsea since arriving at Stamford Bridge from Lokomotiv Moscow nine years ago.

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However, the right-back has fallen out of favour since Chelsea boss Antonio Conte switched to a 3-4-3 formation and hasn’t started in the Premier League since September.

Ivanovic has been linked with moves to Everton and Zenit St Petersburg during the January transfer window, with boss Conte appearing to keep the door open for the 33-year-old to leave the club.

“I don’t know if anything happens about him,” Conte said. “There are four days [remaining of the transfer window] and, in this month, there is a lot of speculation.

“When I switched to three at the back, something changed and, for sure, I have to make decisions. I think that, until now, he’s always involved in our squad.”



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