Chelsea have named English defender Reece James as their new club captain ahead of the new season.
Chelsea announced on Wednesday that Reece James has been appointed as new captain following Cesar Azpilicueta’s departure for Atletico Madrid. The 23-year-old James joined Chelsea’s academy at age six.
Chelsea head coach Mauricio Pochettino told the club’s official website: “This is a decision taken by me and the club. We are very pleased Reece will captain the side this 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.”
Reece James also 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.“
He added: “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.”
Chelsea will start the 2023/24 Premier League season at home to Liverpool on Sunday, August 13.