Ex-Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has revealed the role that Blues owner Roman Abramovich played in saving his career. Branislav Ivanovic considers Abramovich to be his friend after the Russian billionairesaved his Chelsea career in 2008.
Branislav Ivanovic joined Chelsea from Russian Premier League Lokomotiv Moscow in January 2008 and he had to wait for several months before making his debut for the Premier League team. Ivanovic revealed how he was disappointing at the start of his career and that he was not ready to play for Chelsea until the timely intervention of the aforementioned Abramovich.
When he was struggling to make an impact at the start of his Chelsea career, Abramovich pulled him to one side to tell the Serbian player that he believes in him and that gave him big motivation to do his job. At the time, he had been linked with a move away from Chelsea just some months after signing from Lokomotiv Moscow in Russia. Serbian international Ivanovic also said that the Chelsea owner further advised him when he became a regular in the Chelsea team.
Veteran defender Branislav Ivanovic spoke about Abramovich in glowing terms while he was at West Brom whom he joined as a free agent last summer. He has since left the Baggies this summer at the end of his contract with the club. Ivanovic was not a regular in the West Brom starting XI as they suffered relegation from the Premier League last season.
He spent nine years as a Chelsea player before returning to Russia to play for Zenit St. Petersburg. During his time at Chelsea, he won several major trophies including three Premier League titles, three FA Cup titles and one Champions League title.