Eden Hazard does not believe he would be a suitable captain of Chelsea, and so has suggested three teammates who could inherit the armband.
With John Terry departing the club at the end of his current contract in the summer, the Blues will have to appoint a new permanent captain for the first time since 2004.
Gary Cahill is expected to fulfil the role, with the centre-half wearing the armband throughout the season as he is the club’s vice-captain.
Antonio Conte will finalise his decision in the summer, but Hazard has distanced himself from the responsibility despite filling in as Belgium captain on a number of occasions.
“I think we have some players who can be more than a captain in this team,” Hazard told Sky Sports.
“When I talk to you at the national team, I do not know if I am a good captain, but I am a captain on the pitch.
“Off the pitch I do not like to talk a lot. In England I think the captain has to talk and make people ready for the games. I am not this kind of guy, I can talk with my feet but it is not my job to talk to everyone.
“I think JT does this, Gary [Cahill], [Cesar] Azpilicueta and even Cesc. They deserve to be captain.”