Serbia international and skipper, Branislav Ivanovic has tipped some couple of players of the Chelsea’s youth team for first team glory next season. The 1984-born right back has a deal with the blues that expires next term, and as Chelsea’s norm is, he won’t be offered more than a year contract if contract extension and negotiations come up.
The right-back, who was once linked with a move away from Stamford bridge before shunning suitors, said of the quality of the current crop of Chelsea under-21 team,
“We have a great generation of young players. They improve during training with us and they can be competitive in the team. They can make our squad bigger and in the future really think about them, it’s great. It’s not just Ruben. We have five or six players who can be in our squad and it is great for the manager to give them a chance to play. I am talking about Dominic Solanke, Izzy Brown, Andreas Christensen, Nathan Ake – the guys who are already with us in training. In the next couple of games [against West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland] they will get a chance. It is a great motivation for them. They are still young, they need to fight. This is the period, the next one or two years, where they need to prove they are really good. It is the most difficult thing to find balance because we are a team that want to win. But when we have the chance for young players to grow as players with us, it is great.”
The team has been impressive this season, winning the UEFA Youth League, FA Youth Cup and are on course to a top 3 finish in the Barclays U21 Premier League.