It has now been a decade since John Terry was appointed captain of Chelsea and, since taking the armband from Marcel Desailly in 2004, the skipper has had man good and bad times as leader of the club.
However, he can't go on forever, so we're going to look at five possible candidates to take over the captaincy when he finally hangs up his boot, and his armband.
5. Petr Cech
Chelsea's current number 1 and has been since he signed from French club Rennes in 2004. Cech has deputised as captain on numerous occasions. After the departure of vice-captain Frank Lampard, Cech is currently under consideration for the vice-captaincy. However, the return of Thibaut Courtois could throw Cech's future into doubt. But, should the Czech Republic international be in with a shout of the captaincy?
4. Cesc Fabregas
Despite being a new signing at Stamford Bridge, Fabregas could be a strong contender for the captaincy when John Terry leaves. While at Arsenal, Fabregas was captain for a number of years, before departing for Barcelona. This choice would be very controversial for both Chelsea, and Arsenal fans. So, considering this, could Fabregas be in line to be Chelsea captain in a few years time?
3. Branislav Ivanovic
Serbian defender Branislav Ivanovic has been at the club since 2008, and has been tipped by many Chelsea fans as a future captain. Ivanovic is currently captain of the Serbian national team, where he has 77 caps. As he poses all the qualities for a good captain, and has shown it at an international level, could Ivanovic be Chelsea's next skipper?
2. Eden Hazard
Chelsea's current 'poster boy'. One of the first names on the team sheet, and a possible future captain? Despite being only 23, Hazard has already become a fan favourite at Stamford Bridge and could be considered for the captaincy. Recently, Hazard won the 2014 Chelsea player of the year. Could all these accolades mean that he potentially could be Chelsea's next captain?
1. Gary Cahill
John Terry's centre-back partner Gary Cahill is the favourite to take over as Chelsea captain. Before joining Chelsea in 2012, Cahill was captain of Bolton Wanderers and showed the passion and discipline and concentration to be a great captain. Both captaincy and playing wise, Gary Cahill is very similar to John Terry. So, he has shown why he is the perfect choice for the captaincy once John Terry stands down.
Who do you think will be the next Chelsea captain? Will it be one of the players listed above, or someone else? Comment below!
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