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15-Sep-2020, 10:38 pm

Former Chelsea defender Ivanovic joins Premier League newcomers West Brom

Premier League Worst Team of the Week Branislav Ivanovic

West Brom have confirmed the signing of veteran defender Branislav Ivanovic on a one-year deal.

The former Chelsea defender has linked up with the newly-promoted side after spending the past three seasons with Russian giants Zenit Saint Petersburg.

Ivanovic, 36, indicated his delight at returning to the Premier League, where he played with Chelsea for nine seasons between 2007 and 2017.

“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.”

UnderSlaven Bilic, West Brom earned promotion to the Premier League when they finished second in the Championship last season, 10 points behind champions Leeds United.

Their return to the top flight started in rocky fashion as they fell 3-0 to Leicester City on Sunday after Jamie Vardy scored twice from the spot.

Bilic, though, is optimistic about his team's chances — especially after they landed the most capped player in Serbia'shistory.

“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.

“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.”

Ivanovic enjoyed plenty of success during his time at Stamford Bridge,winning three Premier League titles, oneChampions League, oneEuropa League, three FA Cups, one League Cup and oneCommunity Shield.

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