Zenit St Petersburg sign Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic

Zenit St Petersburg sign Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic

Branislav Ivanovic's long association with Chelsea has ended with the Serbian joining Zenit St Petersburg on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

The 32-year-old defender, who made 376 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea since he moved to Stamford Bridge in 2008, had also been linked to Everton before the transfer deadline.

A statement published on Zenit's official website said the two clubs had agreed the switch, for an undisclosed fee, of a player whose contract was due to expire at the end of the season.

Ivanovic won the Premier League title twice, the FA Cup three times, the Champions League - although he missed the 2012 final due to suspension - and the Europa League with the Blues.

He featured in 13 league outings for Chelsea this term, scoring his last goal for Antonio Conte's table-toppers in Saturday's 4-0 FA Cup defeat of Brentford.

Zenit, who are managed by Mircea Lucescu, are 17 games into their Russian Premier League campaign and sit five points behind leaders Spartak Moscow.

More in this Section

Sturridge banned from football for two weeks for breaching betting regulationsSturridge banned from football for two weeks for breaching betting regulations

Ireland hopeful Ryan Johansson starts for Bayern Munich in loss to ArsenalIreland hopeful Ryan Johansson starts for Bayern Munich in loss to Arsenal

Open leader Shane Lowry: Bushmills Inn pep talk crucial in battle against uneasinessOpen leader Shane Lowry: Bushmills Inn pep talk crucial in battle against uneasiness

Watch: Grillo hits hole in one on first morning of the OpenWatch: Grillo hits hole in one on first morning of the Open


Lifestyle

Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich will not let a day pass without his ritual dip in the sea, which he describes as the best anti-depressant ever, says Lorna Siggins.Taking the plunge has a depth of benefits

10% of women suffer from it worldwide.As Alexa Chung reveals she has endometriosis, here’s everything you need to know about the condition

Pinnies, cookie cutters and wooden spoons at the ready.Food projects to do with the kids this summer

Stop. Climbing. Uluru.As tourists rush to climb Uluru despite an incoming ban – 5 ways to enjoy the rock respectfully

More From The Irish Examiner