Football: West Brom sign ex-Chelsea defender Ivanovic


LONDON (AFP) – West Brom on Tuesday (Sept 15) announced the signing of former Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, who arrives at the Hawthorns on a free transfer from Zenit St Petersburg.

The Serbia international won three Premier League titles and the Champions League during his nine-year spell at Stamford Bridge, which ended in 2017.

West Brom marked their return to the Premier League with a 3-0 defeat to Leicester on Sunday.

« The Premier League is the best league in the world, » Ivanovic, 36, told the club’s official website.

« I need to challenge myself and I am ready for the challenge. I am really happy to be back playing in the Premier League. »

West Brom boss Slaven Bilic said: « He’s a great addition for us, a team who are newly promoted in the Premier League. He ticks all the boxes for us.

« He’s done everything in his career – it’s been magnificent. We’re delighted. He adds quality and experience on the pitch and off the pitch. »

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