The Blues have a huge void to fill as their long-term skipper departs the club after more than two decades at Stamford Bridge
David Luiz is among the frontrunners to replace John Terry as Chelsea’s club captain along with his defensive partners Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta.
The trio lined up together in a back three with Cahill wearing the armband last season as Terry accepted a lesser role at the club, going from an automatic starter to being benched.
Terry will line up for Aston Villa next season but Antonio Conte faces a difficult decision with all three of his centre-backs keen on claiming the armband.
Cahill was endorsed by Terry to become the new captain at the end of the season and the English duo lifted the Premier League title together at Stamford Bridge after the final game of the season.
Luiz and Azpilicueta were both hailed for their leadership by Conte throughout the season last year, with the Brazilian praised after playing on through a knee injury since Sergio Aguero’s high tackle in December.
Azpilicueta played in every minute of the Premier League campaign with Chelsea and led his team out for the first time in the semi-final at Wembley against Tottenham. The Spain international has become a key player for the club and his constant presence in the starting line-up could secure the captaincy.
Cesc Fabregas would also be interested in taking on the armband but his role at the club isn’t as secure as his defensive colleagues.