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Reece James Named Chelsea New Captain


Reece James Named Chelsea New Captain

Reece James has been selected Chelsea’s new club captain ahead of the next Premier League season.

The 23-year-old England international replaces Cesar Azpilicueta, who joined Atletico Madrid on a free transfer earlier this summer.

Reece James, a Chelsea Academy alumnus, has been with the West London club since he was six years old.

New Chelsea head coach Mauricio Pochettino told the 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.”

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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.

“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.”

James could captain Chelsea for the first time when they face Liverpool in their opening Premier League encounter of the season this weekend.

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