Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, has confirmed Gary Cahill will replace John Terry as captain of the club.
Cahill, 31, skippered the Blues for the majority of last season and has now gotten the role permanently.
“I think that it’s right to continue with Cahill, if he plays, it’s right he’s the captain,” Conte is quoted as saying by the Evening Standard.
“Why? Because he stayed in Chelsea for many years and played a lot of games and showed good characteristics to be this.”
Conte however stressed that several other members of the Chelsea squad will need to step up in the absence of Terry.
“I think also we can have other captains in our team, it could be [Cesar] Azpilicueta, [David] Luiz, and also, in the future, it could be Thibaut Courtois, Cesc Fabregas,” he said.
“I think every single player must improve in this [being big personalities in the dressing room] and understand [they have] to take more responsibility because we lost big players and we need now to find these new players to create this fundamental for Chelsea.
“It is very important for our future success to create this base. But I think right now it’s right to give the armband to Gary. He’s playing with the club for many years, he has the right characteristic to be a good captain.”
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