Gary Cahill has worn the captain armband for most parts of the season in place of Chelsea captain John Terry. Stand-in captain Gary Cahill feels privileged to wear the captain armband in place of the 36-year-old who is in the final year of his Chelsea contract and is no longer a first-team regular under Antonio Conte.
However, Cahill believes filling Terry’s boots is something no one can do.
“I would never try to fill John Terry’s boots. You can never fill that position,” Cahill told the London Evening Standard.
“When I took over as captain this season, either through him not being picked or not being available, it was a privilege to do that.
“Firstly, I have learned from how he manages himself, how he plays and how he does things. But secondly, I never thought for one minute, or will ever think, that I’m replacing him. He is right at the top and whoever comes in after him is never going to achieve what he’s done at the club.
“It’s one of those situations where you have to separate yourself from it. The way that I prepare, the way that I play, the way that I like to speak to the lads or manage situations is the way that I do things.
“Nothing has changed in my game since I had that armband, apart from the fact I’m now 31 and I have learned a lot from someone like him. I will continue to learn from him while he is at the club.
“I have been my own man. We have a great relationship, everyone knows that. John leaves me to get on with it.
“I don’t think he looks at me like a 21-year-old coming through. He knows I have played my fair share of big games and am experienced enough to handle it. At the same time, I have always tried in my career to look at what people do and soak it in myself.
“They don’t necessarily have to say things, I just watch and learn from all kinds of people and he is, obviously, one of them. I feel like I can be me but I have obviously learned from the best.”