New Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has revealed that legend John Terry will remain as captain under his management.
Conte was officially introduced as the new manager at Stamford Bridge on Thursday afternoon in front of a packed out press conference.
The former Juventus boss was making his first official public appearance as the new Blues boss only 12 days after his Italy side were knocked out of Euro 2016 at the hands of Germany.
Conte wasted no time allaying fans’ fears over Terry’s role at the club, confirming that the long-serving defender will “always” be captain while he is playing for the club.
“John Terry signed a contract as a player, not a different role. He is the captain of this team,” he told reporters.
“He is a great player, with a great personality, charisma. I like to speak to him, because I know he knows the club, the right spirit to play in this club. For me he is a very important player, like the others.
“All the players know that I’ll see the pitch during the training session to decide my starting XI. When a player deserves to play, with me he’ll play.”
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When asked if Terry will keep his captaincy, Conte said: “Yes, when he plays. He is the captain of Chelsea always.”
Conte, who won a Champions League and five Serie A titles as a Juventus player, has been impressed with the first couple of days training with his new squad of players.
“This is the second day of training at Cobham and I must say it’s fantastic to work here. I saw the players with the right attitude and a great will to fight for this shirt and to compete for the title. I am glad to see this. It’s important.”