After wearing the armband for much of last season with John Terry rarely playing, Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has been appointed as captain of Chelsea Football Club.
Speaking after his appointment as captain, Cahill told Chelsea’s official website: “It’s definitely a proud moment in my career. I’ve had some good moments up until now and this certainly ranks very highly. To be captain of such a huge club like Chelsea is a great personal achievement.”
When asked how he felt when Chelsea boss Antonio Conte told him he would be Chelsea’s new captain, Cahill said: “I felt every emotion. I was delighted, proud, excited and looking forward to it.
“I was lucky to have the armband for quite a long time last year but obviously John Terry was still club captain and a huge figure here, but I gained a lot of experience from that and hopefully I can continue in the same vein this season.”
Cahill also believes the fact he captained the team for majority of last season will help him settle into the role a bit quicker.
“Yes, I think that definitely will have helped,” Cahill added.
“I’ve experienced it and it’s almost been a gradual step into it, rather than the shock of going from never having been a captain into the role. It was a nice progression.
“Obviously there is a bit of extra responsibility, probably off the pitch more than on the pitch now, which will be slightly different for me, but to watch and learn from how John did things when he was here was vital for me.
“The way I play is the way I play. I want to win and whether I have the armband or not, that won’t change. Hopefully I can just lead by example on the pitch.”
Cahill also revealed that Conte showing faith in him and appointing him as captain means a lot to him.
“It’s fantastic when you see the boss has faith in you and trusts you in terms of your character and personality,” Cahill added.
“Ability is one thing, and you could never play for Chelsea without having ability, but the personality and character of a player is vitally important. For him to show that faith in me means a lot. I will fight for the manager and fight for all the players as long as I’m at this club.”