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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: Reece James of Chelsea in action during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on August 27, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Chelsea name Reece James as club captain ahead of new Premier League season

Chelsea have named Reece James as their new club captain ahead of the upcoming Premier League season.

The England international, 23, replaces Cesar Azpilicueta, who left the Blues on a free transfer to join Atletico Madrid earlier this summer.

James is a product of the Chelsea academy and has been with the west London club since the age of six.

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.”

Pochettino Photo Credit: Chelsea Chronicle
Reece James (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

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.”

 

Source: Sky Sports

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