Ivanović ‘ready’ for Premier League challenge

Ivanovic Interview

Branislav Ivanović admits he has missed playing in the Premier League and is motivated by the challenge of achieving a successful season with Albion.

The former Chelsea and Zenit defender, who has won 14 trophies during a glittering career at the top level, penned a one-year deal on Tuesday afternoon.

Ivanović left Chelsea for Russia in 2017 and is delighted to back in a league which he describes as the “the best and strongest” in world football.

And the 36-year-old says he still feels as though he has plenty to offer in England’s elite division and is determined to deliver at The Hawthorns.

He said: “I am so happy to be back. 

“Thank you to everyone who wants me to be here, the club and especially the manager. I hope I can do my best to help the team.

“I know Slaven from before. He is amazing and I hope together we are going to be a success. Slaven, when you look from the side looks very good. He understands football and looks like a guy who everyone wants to play for.

“I missed English football, the English style of football, everything. I looked to be back in the previous year but it didn’t happen, so now I am happy to be here and I will try and do my best.

“I think I can give something more. I am completely different. Of course I had a career with Chelsea but now I am in a new beginning and I understand that. I need first of all to work hard and make sure I am ready for the Premier League. 

“The Premier League is the best and toughest league in the world, the strongest league in the world so I need to challenge myself and I am ready for the challenge and I hope I am going to be a success.

“When you are a player you always find a motivation and you always find something deep inside yourself. I have a lot of ambition and I want to prove a lot of things so I need to first of all work hard and believe and to try to give everything for the team and to the club to be a success.”

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