Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has agreed a one-year extension to his contract, with the option of another year, according to reports.
The 31-year-old has struggled to replicate his performances of last season when he scored seven goals from defence in guiding Chelsea to the Premier League title.
The Serbian earned himself a place in the Premier League Team of the Year last season, but his poor form this season saw him fall out of the starting line-up.
The arrival of interim manager Guus Hiddink has appeared to raise the performance level of Ivanovic, who scored his first goal of the season in a 3-1 win over Sunderland, Hiddink’s first game back in charge.
Ivanovic’s current deal expires in the summer, meaning he is free to talk with foreign clubs.
The defender has been linked with a host of clubs in the January transfer window, including Manchester City, AC Milan, Inter and Zenit St Petersburg.
But now reports suggest that the 31-year-old has agreed a year’s extension to his current contract, with the option of an extra year on top of that.
Chelsea are currently 14th in the Premier League, and face league leaders Arsenal in a London derby on Sunday at the Emirates Stadium.