Trevoh Chalobah has admitted he wants Chelsea teammate Reece James to become the next club captain.

Blues head coach Mauricio Pochettino has yet to make his final decision on who will succeed Cesar Azpilicueta as captain following his summer exit.

We’ve seen a number of different individuals wear the armband so far during pre-season, including Reece James in Thursday’s 1-1 draw against Newcastle United.

Who will be appointed the full-time skipper and lead the side out to face Liverpool in the Premier League opener next month, though?

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Chalobah, who’s also been a stand-in captain during the pre-season tour, reckons a fellow Chelsea academy graduate would be a fantastic choice to succeed Azpilicueta.

He’s suggested that James should be captain and is a great leader within the group.

“Being captain is a massive thing for Chelsea. Reece has his desires and hopefully he does get it. He constantly shows his qualities on the pitch, and he is a leader,” Chalobah said, as quoted by the club’s official website.

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James, who earns £250,000-a-week (Spotrac), would be our first pick as the next Chelsea captain.

The 23-year-old defender is remarkably now one of the most senior and experienced figures in a very young squad, so he should be looking to set the example both on and off the pitch.

He’s one of the world’s elite right-backs that should be nailed on to start when fit and available. It’s worth highlighting he may have genuine competition from teammate Malo Gusto for the full-back spot, though.

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