West Bromwich Albion have confirmed the transfer of Branislav Ivanovic from Zenit St. Petersburg. The 36-year-old Serbian spent the past three seasons at the Russian giants after joining them from Chelsea in 2017. Ivanovic spent a total of nine seasons at Stamford Bridge and with his transfer to West Brom the veteran defender has returned to the Premier League.
“The Premier League is the best league in the world,” Ivanovic, who will wear the No.20 at The Hawthorns, told West Brom’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. 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.”
Baggies manager Slaven Bilic is happy to have signed the experienced defender. “He’s a great addition for us, a team who are newly promoted in the Premier League. He ticks all the boxes for us,” Bilic said. “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.”