Out of favour Chelsea defender, Branislav Ivanovic is hoping he can get his spot back with his showing on international duty.
The 32-year-old defender made seven appearances this season, buy has not featured since September. However, he featured in both of Serbia’s international matches, including the draw against Wales.
Ivanovic feels that may help him work his way back into Antonio Conte’s system, telling UK newspapers: “I definitely think playing with three at the back for Serbia can help me with Chelsea.
“When you talk about Serbia, it’s definitely something that has changed our team when we start playing with three at the back and we’re improving in every game.
“Of course, personally, it helps me because I can have minutes playing in that shape.”
Ivanovic believes he is nearing the fitness levels he needs to regain a starting spot at club level.
“Of course, [Conte] is a top manager who was watching all of the Chelsea players,” he said.
“I was injured and I’ve just got back in the [national] team. It’s good to be back on the pitch, I need minutes.
“It’s very important for me and I hope in the future I’ll be physically ready to be ready for [Chelsea].”