Manager Antonio Conte says selecting Gary Cahill to succeed John Terry as Chelsea captain was an easy task.
Blues legend Terry left Chelsea at the end of last season after making 717 appearances for the club during a trophy-laden 19 years following his debut in 1998.
Cahill, who joined in January 2012, skippered the side for much of last season in Terry’s absence and will lead the Premier League champions when they begin their title defence at home against Burnley on Saturday.
Speaking at a news conference on Friday, Conte said: “This choice was a natural choice because Gary has played for the club for many years and has won a lot.
“It is right to make this decision. I am happy for this.”
Meanwhile, Conte has reiterated that record signing Alvaro Morata will need time to adjust to English football following his big-money move from Real Madrid.
The Spain striker is expected to make his Premier League debut in Saturday’s game.
“Alvaro is working very well and is improving a lot,” Conte said.
“In these 10 days he is improving his physical condition and is starting to understand what we want, but he needs time to understand to adapt to our style of football.”