By Adam Shergold for MailOnline
Published: 08:19 BST, 19 September 2020 | Updated: 09:03 BST, 19 September 2020
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
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.