Sarri playing it cool with identity of new Chelsea captain

Date published: Saturday 22nd September 2018 11:44

Gary Cahill is reportedly looking to leave Chelsea, but his successor as captain is yet to be confirmed

Maurizio Sarri Chelsea

With current skipper Gary Cahill seemingly on his way out this January, the Chelsea captain’s armband is up for grabs – but head coach Maurizio Sarri remains non-committal on the issue.

Cesar Azpilicueta took the armband off Willian after coming on as a substitute in Thursday’s 1-0 Europa League win over PAOK.

Chelsea have a number of candidates for the captain’s job, with Azpilicueta and Eden Hazard – who missed Thursday’s game – chief amongst them, but Sarri seemed unconcerned by the lack of clarity,

Asked whether the Spaniard would be taking the armband full-time, Sarri said: “I don’t remember who was the captain at the beginning of the game. Who was the captain? Willian.

“And in the second part, Azpilicueta. I don’t know. I don’t remember. I understand that in England it is important. For me it is not so important.

“I have my idea. I want to speak to the players and I want to speak to my club. It was not possible this week. Maybe it will be possible in the next week.”

 

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