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Former Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has joined to West Brom on a one-year contract.

The Serbian defender has been a free agent since leaving Russian club Zenit when his contract expired at the end of July.

Ivanovic, 36. won three league titles, one UEFA Champions League, one UEFA Europa League, three FA Cups, one League Cup and one FA Community Shield in his nine successful years at Chelsea between 2008 and 2017.

He joined Zenit in February 2017.

“The Premier League is the best league in the world,” Ivanovic 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.”

West Brom boss Slaven Bilic said: “He’s a great addition for us, a team who are newly promoted in the Premier League. He ticks all the boxes for us.

“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 is Serbia’s most capped player. He has made 105 appearances.

Ivanovic will wear the number 20 shirt at West Brom.

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