The Chelsea icon was surplus to requirements under Antonio Conte this term and has now called time on his Stamford Bridge stint with a move to Russia

Branislav Ivanovic ended his nine-year stay at Chelsea on Wednesday by agreeing a move to Russian giants Zenit St Petersburg.

Transfer window winners and losers

Ivanovic’s contract at Stamford Bridge was set to expire at the end of the season, and he has opted for a new challenge at Zenit with who he has signed a two-and-a-half year deal.

The Serbia international joined Chelsea from Lokomotiv Moscow in January 2008 and, after waiting eight months to make his debut, established himself as a firm favourite among the fans.

He made nearly 400 appearances at Stamford Bridge and won two Premier League titles as well as the Champions League.

However, he fell out of favour with Blues boss Antonio Conte following the latter’s switch to a three-man backline last September and had been heavily linked with a winter exit.

That arrived after he landed in St Petersburg on Tuesday to join Zenit, with Mircea Lucescu’s men currently five points behind leaders Spartak Moscow in second in the Russia Premier League.

More to follow.