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Chelsea defender Ivanovic: I could've been basketball star

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic admits he was almost lost to basketball.

The Serb says he grew up playing the sport, along with football.

"I like basketball. In Serbia it's a very popular sport and a lot of people enjoy playing and watching it, especially because the national team is very good. I played when I was younger but not to a particularly high standard, it was just mainly while I was at school," he told chelseafc.com.

"I was quite good but football was always my main sport so I pursued that instead. I still enjoy watching basketball, I follow the Serbian league and the NBA, but I wouldn't say I have a favourite team or player."

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