Ivanovic once bitten but still not shy

Jul 17, 2013, 01:50 IST | PA Sport

Chelsea defender would welcome striker Luis Suarez at club despite striker biting him last season

Branislav Ivanovic would be happy for Chelsea to sign Liverpool’s Luis Suarez despite being on the receiving end of a bite from the Uruguayan last season.

Branislav Ivanovic and Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez (right) clashes with Branislav Ivanovic after appearing to bite the latter last season. PIC/AFP

Suarez was banned for 10 matches after putting his teeth into Ivanovic during a Premier League clash in April and has been linked with a move away from Anfield, with Stamford Bridge rumoured to be among his possible destinations.

“About Luis Suarez, I said straight after the game, whatever happened on the field finished there,” Ivanovic said in Bangkok yesterday. “He’s one of the best strikers in the Premier League. I don’t have any problem with him.”

Ivanovic has been linked himself with a move, with big-spending Ligue 1 clubs Paris St Germain and Monaco apparently courting the Serbia defender’s signature.

The 29-year-old downplayed the prospect of a transfer ahead of Jose Mourinho’s first match of his second spell in charge, the Bangkok clash with Singha All-Stars which comes a week into pre-season preparations. 

Suarez in Reds squad

Liverpool’s wantaway striker Luis Suarez has been included in the 27-man squad for their pre-season tour of Indonesia, Australia and Thailand.  Suarez’s desire to leave the Reds this summer has seemed clear, but the club have stressed they do not intend to sell the 26-year-old.

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