Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has vowed to fight for his place and claims he has no intention of leaving the club, according to The Sun.
The Serbia international has found himself on the fringes of Antonio Conte’s team this year, favouring Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill and David Luiz as his back three.
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) October 31, 2016
London rivals Crystal Palace are believed to be monitoring the situation as they look to fill the gap left by Pape Souare, who is a long-term absentee following a car accident in September.
However, it is believed the 32-year-old is focussed on returning to fitness and regaining his place in the starting XI.
“Branislav intends to stay at Chelsea and fight for his place in Conte’s team,” a source close to the player told The Sun.
“He’s missed a couple of games through injury and is returning to full match fitness. He certainly isn’t considering leaving the club.
The former Lokomotiv Moscow man penned a new deal in January, extending his stay at Stamford Bridge until the summer of 2017 and it is believed the vice-captain will hold further talks at the end of the campaign.
“He plans to have discussions with Chelsea, his agent and management team at the end of the season but nothing will happen until then,” the source said.
Ivanovic is considered one of the best signings of the Roman Abramovich era, winning every major club honour including the Champions League, two Premier League titles, three FA Cups and one League Cup as well as scoring the winner in the 2013 Europa League final.