Reece James has been named new captain of Chelsea replacing Cesar Azpilicueta who has left the London club.
Chelsea made the announcement on Wednesday on their website.
“A boyhood Blues supporter who joined our Academy at six years old, Reece was the club’s standout choice to lead us on and off the pitch this season,” the club stated.
Speaking after being named the new captain, James said:“I’m so happy to take on the role and responsibility. I know I’ve got big shoes to fill because we have had huge captains here in the past, but I am excited.
“I have been at Chelsea pretty much my whole life. I started here when I was six and to come through the Academy is tough. But to go on and become captain, it’s a great feeling for me and my family.”
Head coach Mauricio Pochettino said: “This is a decision taken