Reece James has been appointed as the new captain of Chelsea for the upcoming Premier League season.
The 23-year-old English player takes over the role from Cesar Azpilicueta, who departed the club to join Atletico Madrid on a free transfer earlier this summer.
James, who has been with Chelsea since the age of six and emerged from the club’s academy, has been selected as the new captain. The appointment was confirmed by the newly appointed head coach, Mauricio Pochettino, who expressed his satisfaction with Reece taking on the captaincy for the upcoming season.
“He leads by example and his attitude and dedication to Chelsea has been clear throughout pre-season. He proudly wore the armband during our summer tour and will take up the challenge of leading our squad with his own approach and ideas.”
Meanwhile, James added: “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.
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