Bernabeu boss keen on Stamford Bridge defender.
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Spanish Champions Real Madrid are reportedly interested in Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic but the Serb has insisted he is happy at Stamford Bridge for now.
Versatile Ivanovic, 28, signed a new contract with Chelsea in February – which will take him through to 2016 – but he told The Guardian there is interest in him from the Spanish capital. “I know there is an interest from Madrid, who are following me,” he said. “But it’s not the time to talk about it now.”
Ivanovic was signed by Chelsea in February 2008, four months after the departure of current Real boss Jose Mourinho. With Jose Bosingwa released by the club and Paulo Ferreira marginalised, Ivanovic is the Blues first choice right-back but faces competition with John Terry, David Luiz and January arrival Gary Cahill for a place at the heart of the defence. Ivanovic was an integral part of the side that beat Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final, a performance that may have caught Mourinho’s eye. However, the Serb was suspended for the victorious Final in Munich with Cahill, Luiz and Bosingwa all starting.
“I am very happy with Chelsea,’ continued Ivanovic. “I have just won the Champions League, a change is complicated. I’m very happy in London.”
Mourinho’s Madrid side finished nine points clear of rivals Barcelona at the top of La Liga but will be eager to strengthen after losing out in the other Champions League semi-final to Bayern Munich. Portugese tactician Mourinho had been heavily linked with a return to England this summer but penned a new four-year deal at the Bernabeu last week.