Reece James is Chelsea's new captain!

Reece James

Chelsea have officially appointed Reece James as their new captain. James replaces Cesar Azpilicueta, who left to join Atletico Madrid.

The England international right-back has been affiliated with Chelsea since he was six years old at the academy. James made his debut in the Blues' senior team in 2019.

During his four seasons with Chelsea, Reece James has made 147 appearances contributing 11 goals and 20 assists. The 23-year-old has helped Chelsea win three trophies: Champions League, European Super Cup, and Club World Cup.

Reece James will wear the Chelsea captain's armband for the first time to Liverpool this weekend. "I'm very excited to be taking on this role and responsibility," he said on the club's official website.

"I know I have a big responsibility because we've had important captains in the past, but I'm excited."

"I've been at Chelsea almost all my life. I started here when I was six years old and breaking into the first team from the academy was difficult. But being able to progress and then become captain is a great feeling for me and for my family," Reece James said.

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino revealed the decision to appoint Reece James as the new captain. "He is a role model and his attitude and dedication to Chelsea has been very clear during this pre-season," said the former Tottenham Hotspur and Paris Saint-Germain boss.

"He was very proud to wear the armband during our summer tour and will take on the challenge of leading our squad with his approach and ideas," Pochettino added.

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