John Terry names Chelsea player who should succeed Azpilicueta as captain

Blues icon John Terry has described Mason Mount as the most suitable candidate to succeed Cesar Azpilicueta as the next Chelsea captain.

Chelsea have plenty of influential figures in the squad, so a lack of leadership is unlikely to be a problem any time soon.

Azpilicueta has been the team’s official captain since the departure of Gary Cahill in 2019, with Jorginho being the vice-captain.

The likes of Thiago Silva, who captained Paris Saint-Germain to multiple titles, Mount, and Rudiger have also worn the captain armband in the last couple of seasons.

Azpilicueta’s consistency, according to Terry, is what makes him a successful captain for Chelsea.

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“There are many ways to skin a cat, and he does it differently,” Terry said told Stadium Astro about Azpilicueta’s captaincy.

“His performances first and foremost have to speak for [themselves], and his performances certainly do that.

“I think when you’re the captain, it’s important that you’re a consistent performer week in week out, and you give [at least] seven out of 10 every week.

“Azpi does that for the group, and, again, he’s that example, for everyone else to follow.”

Azpilicueta may end up staying at Chelsea after an automatic one-year extension in his contract has reportedly become active after he reached 30 appearances this season.

Regardless, Chelsea will eventually have to appoint a new captain, and Terry believes Mount ticks all the boxes.

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“I think the progression from that or when Azpi decides to go would probably lead itself to Mase for me,” the former England international added.

“Mase has got the ability to grab the game by the scruff of the neck if we need to.

“Chelsea fans relate to him, he’s Chelsea through and through, and his family are as well.

“Personally, I’d love to see Mase [become the next captain].”

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