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After John terry’s exit from the club at the end of last season, the club captain mantle fell on Gary Cahill, who was captain for much of last season.

The 32-year-old who was vice-captain last season but led Chelsea to the premier league title as stand-in skipper, has revealed the lofty heights left by his predecessor and his pride at being the club’s captain.

“I feel he had a huge impact, because I was able to watch the way he did things, the way he played,” said Cahill to Chelsea magazine.

“I was a bit of a sponge and I felt that really helped me to progress.

“I’m glad I accepted it as it’s a huge honour. You should never shy away from any kind of responsibility like that. When you’ve finished playing, to say you’ve captained Chelsea Football Club is a really proud moment. It’s massive.”

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