If Chelsea skipper plays – the armband stays

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New Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed that John Terry will remain as captain, providing he can maintain his form.

The former Porto manager has made a number of changes to the club's coaching staff, including the appointment of Roberto di Matteo as assistant manager, and there were questions over whether Terry would retain the armband at Stamford Bridge.

However, Villas-Boas has moved quickly to confirm the England international will still be Blues leader on their pre-season return, and would only ever consider making a change if the player suffers a loss in form.

“John is the captain of this club and will continue to be, as long as he can perform to the utmost of his ability as he has in the last six years,” Villas-Boas was quoted as saying by The Sun.

“He has been successful in his captaincy for most of the time and he represents the successful history of this club in the last six or seven years.

“I know most of the players in the dressing room see John as a leader and a player who motivates them so, if John is in the team, he will be the captain.”


Continuing his claims that it's a group effort under his leadership, Villas-Boas was quick to point out that their are a number of leaders in the dressing room in west London, something that could be a key factor as the club bid to reclaim the Barclays Premier League title.

“We want them to triumph as persons, as social role models. When they do that, they triumph as players as well,” Villas-Boas continued.

“And if we find other leaders, more social role models, for sure they will have the captaincy as well, like Lamps [Frank Lampard] and Didier [Drogba] who have taken the captaincy in different games.

“Because in the end, it's not a question of saying John is the only leader. There are lots of leaders in the dressing room.”

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