Branislav Ivanovic said it's important to be versatile for the manager.
Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has said it is important for players to be able to play more than one position at the club.
Ivanovic can play both at right-back and at centre-back and such versatility can offer flexibility to a side.
The Serbian told the Chelsea website: "It’s important for the manager to have players who can play in different positions, it enables him to mix it up when he needs to. I’ve always said I’m comfortable playing in both positions, I’m happy to do that but it’s up to the manager where he wants to play me."
Ivanovic was speaking after playing in central defence during a pre-season win over Vitesse Arnhem.
Offering such versatility and flexibility is valuable for a manager, particularly if injuries strike, and some would think that manager Jose Mourinho wants players in his squad that can do as many jobs as possible.
This is probably why some well-known players have departed from Stamford Bridge.
It was well documented that Juan Mata didn't make as many appearances as he would've liked for the club under Mourinho because the manager felt as if he wasn't doing enough defensive work. Mata was then sold to Manchester United last summer.
Though the situation when it comes to their most recent high-profile departure in Romelu Lukaku is different and more about the attitude of the player not being to the manager's liking, some would say that the big Belgian isn't the most versatile of players.
He can play along the forward line, as one would expect him to, but he doesn't look the most comfortable when dropping away from his more natural position to help his team out.
Most of the players in the Chelsea team seem to be versatile in that they can play slightly out of position in other to execute a specific gameplan, and can adopt more than role comfortably. If it isn't versatility then usually someone can provide more options to the side e.g. a defender who is always a threat going forward or from set-pieces.
Players that can offer more than one thing to the team tend to make the squad richer overall, and when members of the side are absent, it probably isn't felt as much because of the versatile members of the team.