Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has admitted
that the futures of defender Branislav Ivanovic
and backup goalkeeper Asmir Begovic are still
unclear ahead of Tuesday’s transfer deadline.
Ivanovic’s current deal at Chelsea will expire at
the end of the season, the experienced defender
will depart the Blues for a small fee this month.
Goalkeeper Begovic, meanwhile, has talked up a
move away from Chelsea in recent days as he
struggles to accept being second choice to
Conte has refused to rule out either player
leaving the club before the end of the January
transfer window, but has also insisted that he
would be more than happy to keep the pair with
his first-team squad.
“Until now yes. I will have the training session
then I will see. Honestly I didn’t speak with
[Ivanovic] about his decision and for sure we
know he is talking with other clubs. But until
now, I don’t know. We have to wait,” Conte told
“He played a lot of games for this club, he won a
lot for this club. He’s 32 and I think he can play
for many years. He is able to continue his career
in the right way, at the top level. But it is
important to respect the decision of the player.
He is a legend of the career and if you are not
playing a lot you an make decision to play for
“I haven’t news about Asmir. I think we will have
to wait until tomorrow to see the situation. He
wants to play every game but Asmir knows our
situation. If we are able to find a good place, he
will go. Otherwise he will stay with us and fight
until the end, to fight to win the title.”