Chelsea legend John Terry has finally left the club he called home since he was 14. The 36-year-old wore the captain armband for 13 years and in over a decade, we were used to seeing one man wear the captain armband.
He has now left the club and Antonio Conte will appoint a new captain ahead of the new season.
Gary Cahill wore the captain armband for the most part of last season as skipper John Terry was absent from most of the games.
However, reports claim Chelsea boss Antonio Conte might not hand the armband to Cahill on a permanent basis, or if he does, he’d only be an honorary captain as Terry was last season.
The three candidates for the armband are the three Chelsea centre-backs that featured last season – Gary Cahill, Cesar Azpilicueta and David Luiz are the candidates for the captaincy. And with the signing of Antonio Rudiger from Roma, many believe Cahill’s place in the back three is at risk and this might make him be an honorary captain even though he’s given the armband.
Reports claim David Luiz is Conte’s first choice for the captain role, as the 30-year-old seem a natural leader and showed it as he sat in the middle of the back three last season. He was seen giving instructions to both Azpilicueta and Cahill and helped organise the defence from the centre.
With Chelsea playing Arsenal in the Community Shield on August 6, the new Chelsea captain will be revealed before then.