Branislav Ivanovic has signed a one year extension to his contract at Chelsea and will now remain at the club until 2017 at least.
The 31-year old, who was named the club’s vice-captain at the start of the season, had a very poor start to the season as Chelsea flirted with relegation.
He has however since regained some of his old form, and the club has decided to reward him with a contract extension and he has expressed his delight at the development.
“I am very happy to stay with Chelsea for another season,” said Ivanovic. “After eight years here this is my home and there is no other place I would rather play football.
“I have enjoyed so much success since moving to the club and I am determined to help the team achieve more in the last months of this season and next year as well.”
Ivanovic is the third longest serving member of the current Chelsea squad since joining in 2008 after captain John Terry and John Obi Mikel.