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Chelsea interim-manager Guus Hiddink has backed Branislav Ivanovic to replace John Terry as the club captain next season.
The Blues legend is expected to leave the club following this season as his contract expires, and with the club showing no intentions to extend his deal, it’s looking likely that Terry will leave on a free transfer.
The veteran has been linked with the Chinese Super League and the MLS, but he has already confirmed that he won’t be staying in England and he’s already snubbed an offer from China, according to reports.
With Terry leaving Stamford Bridge, it’s likely to leave a massive gap within the football club, but Hiddink believes Ivanovic is ready to step up to the plate and become the club’s new captain.
He said: “He’s not a big shouter, but the short commands he does is what I like about him very much as a manager.
“I want what we do in training and team meetings to be executed by my key players like Branislav.
“That’s why I’m happy that players like Fabregas and Oscar are doing their job as well so it’s good to see that some players step up, not just in their personal performance but also organising tactically.
“Azpilicueta also does a lot of shouting in training and Diego in his own way does a lot of coaching.
“I like Oscar, Willian, those guys who are gifted by nature but will also take command in this team.”
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt