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West Brom sign Ivanovic who says he has a lot to prove

Richie McCormack
Richie McCormack

16:24 15 Sep 2020

West Brom have completed the signing of Branislav Ivanovic.

Now 36, the former Chelsea defender has spent the past three-and-a-half years at Russian side Zenit St. Petersburg.

Ivanovic has signed a one-year deal at the Hawthorns.

During his time in Russia, the Serbian made 125 appearances for Zenit and won two Russian Premier League titles and the Russian Cup.

"I need to challenge myself and I am ready for the challenge. I am really happy to be back playing in the Premier League," Ivanovic told WBA.co.uk.

He returns to a league in which he made 261 appearances for Chelsea, winning the title on three occasions.

"I hope I am going to be successful here," Ivanovic added.

“I have a lot of ambition and I want to prove a lot of things. I will give everything for the team".

Ivanovic is the latest arrival to the Hawthorns during the transfer window, following the likes of Republic of Ireland forward Callum Robinson, Grady Diangana and Matheus Pereira.

The Baggies opened their Premier League season with a 3-0 defeat at home to Leicester City, in a game we brought you live on Off The Ball.

"He’s a great addition for us, a team who are newly promoted in the Premier League," West Brom manager Slaven Bilic said of Ivanovic, "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."

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