Chelsea legend Branislav Ivanovic completes move to West Brom on free transfer as 36-year-old defender signs one-year deal having left Zenit
- West Brom confirmed short term deal with veteran defender Branislav Ivanovic
- The 36-year-old has been playing for Zenit since 2017 after leaving Chelsea
- Serbia international had previously spent 10 successful years at the Blues
- Signing is the sixth of the summer for Slaven Bilic’s newly-promoted side
The defender has signed a one-year deal having been a free agent after leaving Zenit St Petersburg.
Branislav Ivanovic has signed for West Brom having left Zenit St Petersburg as a free agent
The 36-year-old will bring a wealth of experience to Bilic’s side, who will be aiming for Premier League survival.
He told the official club website: ‘The Premier League is the best league in the world.
‘I need to challenge myself and I am ready for the challenge. I am really happy to be back playing in the Premier League. I hope I am going to be successful here.
‘I have a lot of ambition and I want to prove a lot of things. I will give everything for the team.’
The former Chelsea defender is a legend at Stamford Bridge and won the title three times
West Brom tweeted the confirmation of the latest addition to their squad on Tuesday
Bilic added: ‘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.
‘So it is not only him, it is him plus the influence he will have on not just defenders but the whole team around him. That’s why we targeted him as one of our prime targets. It’s a great signing for us.’
Slaven Bilic spoke of his delight at recruiting a player of Ivanovic’s enduring class
Ivanovic joined Zenit from Chelsea in 2017 and went on to play 125 games in the past three-and-a-half seasons.
He becomes the sixth signing for the Premier League new boys following the summer arrivals of Grady Diangana, Matheus Pereira, David Button, Cedric Kipre and Callum Robinson.
The Baggies suffered a 3-0 defeat by Leicester on the opening weekend of the season.