Ex-Chelsea Defender Set For Premier League Return

Former Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic is closing in on a return to the Premier League after a three-year absence.

The 36-year-old is having his medicals at newly promoted Premier League side West Bromwich Albion ahead of joining them on a free transfer.

He is a free agent after leaving Russian club Zenit St. Petersburg at the end of last term.

Branislav Ivanovic scored 26 goals in 221 Premier League appearances in the colours of Chelsea from 2008 to 2017.

During his time at Chelsea, Ivanovic won the UEFA Champions League in 2012 and the UEFA Europa League in 2013.

He also won three Premier League titles at Chelsea under three different managers namely Carlo Ancelotti (2009/10 season), Jose Mourinho (2014/15 season) and Antonio Conte (2016/17 season).

West Brom manager Slaven Bilic confirmed the imminent arrival of Ivanovic as he said that the ageing defender will add experience to a youthful team.

Slaven Bilic is a former Croatian international footballer who has managed West Ham United in the Premier League. He masterminded West Brom’s return to the top flight at the end of last season as the Baggies finished in second position behind champions Leeds United at the end of the English Championship season last term.

The top two teams secured automatic promotion to the Premier League.

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