Jose Mourinho has named his new vice-captain following Petr Cech’s Stamford Bridge departure.
Chelsea’s former vice-captain, Petr Cech, left the west London giants last month – heading to Arsenal in a £10m deal – and his successor has been named as Branislav Ivanovic.
With John Terry on the bench, the Serbia international was handed the captain’s armband in their first pre-season clash against New York Red Bulls last week – in what was a hint on his new role ahead of the 2015-16 campaign.
Speaking to Chelsea’s official website, the defender spoke of his honour at being named vice-captain:
‘I am really so happy. I am very proud of that, to be the vice-captain of this team. This is something extra for me, more responsibility, and I will try to do it well for the team.
‘I am doing what I was doing before, trying to do my best. I will try to do that in the future as well but basically not a lot of things change. John Terry is the real captain and leader.’
After John Terry and John Obi Mikel, Ivanovic is Chelsea’s longest-serving player – and continues to remain key to the Premier League champions’ side.
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