DONE DEAL: Premier League manager confirms he’s close to signing Chelsea legend


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Chelsea will see one of the club’s legends face his former side this season, as Branislav Ivanovic is set for a dramatic return to the Premier League.

West Brom manager Slaven Bilic has moved to confirm that the Baggies already have a deal in place for the former Chelsea right-back.

“It’s very close,” Bilic told a press conference on Friday. “Again, he would be a great addition for us, for our team, that is new in the Premier League. He’s a fit player, he’s done everything – I mean, his career is magnificent and we would be delighted.

“I hope it’s going to be done quite soon, like, in a matter of basically hours. That’ll be a great signing for us, not only for his experience but also the quality he will add in the Premier League.

“It’s the quality, of course, that is why we’re signing players – to improve our players, but also the experience, on and off the pitch. So it’s not only him, but him plus the influence he’s going to have, not only on the defenders, but the whole squad.

“That’s why we targeted him as one of our prime targets. Hopefully it will be done today.”

Ivanovic spent 11 years at Chelsea and is still very loved by the Blues faithful. He was part of the Old Guard and played a key role to help the club win the Champions League in 2012.

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