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Chelsea full-back Branislav Ivanovic delighted to be named vice-captain

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Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has expressed his delight at being named the new vice-captain at Chelsea.

The Serbian full-back was informed he would be the club's new vice-captain for the upcoming season ahead of their friendly with New York Red Bull's, before he wore the armband for the opening 45 minutes.

The 31-year-old, who has captained his nation for the past three years, has spoken to the clubs official website about what it means to be captain of the club.

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He said: "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. Of course this helps me a lot. Because I am used to being that part of the team, and it is great. Anybody is proud to be the captain of their country and I hope we will have a good year."

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Chelsea have been without a recognised vice-captain since Frank Lampard left the club. However, senior players such as Petr Cech and Didier Drogba picked up the mantle in the absence of John Terry.

Ivanovic, who has been a mainstay on the right side of defence for six years, has made 315 appearances in all competitions since moving from Lokomotiv Moscow in 2007.

The Serbian has also developed a knack of popping up with important goals for the Blues, none more so than his winner at Villa Park last season have gave Chelsea all three points.

He also provides a high amount of opportunities for his team-mates and was only bettered in the assist department by Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard last season. 

However the Serbian is determined to improve on arguably his best campaign at Chelsea once the season begins in two weeks time. He said: "Last year was a great year for me, maybe one of the best, and when you do this, you always have to set new targets to break, and go one step better than last year."

Chelsea have had an indifferent time of it in pre-season, losing 4-2 to the Red Bulls' before beating PSG in a penalty shootout.

They play Barcelona in the early hours of Wednesday morning before travelling back to London to face Arsenal in the Community Shield, before they begin their title defence at home to Swansea the following weekend.

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