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Frank Lampard confirms Cesar Azpilicueta WILL remain Chelsea club captain this season even if he falls below Reece James in pecking order Azpilicueta and James will compete for Chelsea right-back spot this season Spaniard only played five minutes off the bench in Monday's win over Brighton But Lampard hailed Azpilicueta's professionalism as he remains club captain

By Adam Shergold for MailOnline

Published: 08:19 BST, 19 September 2020 | Updated: 09:03 BST, 19 September 2020

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Frank Lampard has confirmed Cesar Azpilicueta will remain as Chelsea's club captain and praised the Spaniard's professionalism.

There had been suggestions new arrival Thiago Silva would take over the armband following the veteran Brazilian's move from Paris Saint-Germain.

But Lampard has kept the Spanish full-back in the role even if Reece James could play at right-back in the majority of games this season.

Frank Lampard has confirmed Cesar Azpilicueta will remain as Chelsea's captain this season

Frank Lampard has confirmed Cesar Azpilicueta will remain as Chelsea's captain this season

The Spanish right-back (left) will compete for his place with Reece James this season

The Spanish right-back (left) will compete for his place with Reece James this season

Azpilicueta, 31, has been struggling with a hamstring injury and only played five minutes off the bench in Chelsea's Premier League opener at Brighton on Monday.

However, his influence off the field isn't in question and Lampard is only too happy to keep him in the role.

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