Ivanovic ban forces Chelsea to push for Azpilicueta deal

Chelsea are anxious over their deal for Marseille fullback Cesar Azpilicueta.

Branislav Ivanovic was sent off in the first half of the Community Shield at Villa Park for a high tackle on Manchester City fullback Aleksandar Kolarov and will be banned for the first three games of the campaign — against Wigan, Reading and Newcastle.

His suspension adds urgency to Chelsea’s efforts to capture Spanish right back Cesar Azpilicueta from Marseille, says the Daily Mail.

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