Jose Mourinho believes that Eden Hazard has the leadership qualities to replace John Terry as Chelsea captain.
The Belgian winger was voted PFA Player and Young Player of the Year last season as the Blues romped to the Premier League title and lifted the Capital One Cup.
Mourinho feels that the 24-year-old thrives on responsibility, and has the right character to be a candidate to succeed Terry when the legendary Blues skipper eventually retires.
He told Standard Sport: “On the pitch he leads. He is not afraid to take responsibility. He is not afraid to get the team in a dark situation and bring blue sky again for the team. He is not afraid of this.
“He is a guy with great discipline. He is not the kind of guy you see setting bad examples and so on.
“So I think he can be a leader. His ambition is coming, he is also the vice-captain of the Belgian national team. He is in his fourth season at Chelsea so he didn’t arrive yesterday.
“Eden is coming with big status now and was voted one of the top ten players in Europe last year.
“In my opinion he should be in the top three not in the top ten. Let’s see what is going to happen but we have these people. But let’s say John and Branislav are our captains and the others are ready to come.”
Terry, who turns 35 in December, has been club captain of Chelsea since 2005, and brought up 500 appearances with the armband during the Premier League game against Crystal Palace in October 2014.
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