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Conte names Gary Cahill new Chelsea captain

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As expected, Gary Cahill has been named Chelsea’s next skipper following the departure of long-time talisman John Terry this summer.

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While Cahill is no stranger to captaining his side — which he did for much of last season — the honor has been bestowed upon him on a full-time basis now by manager Antonio Conte as Chelsea prepares for the 2017/18 Premier League campaign.

Conte insists though that while Cahill is the man to wear the armband going forward that the rest of the squad’s elder statesman must also take on leadership roles to help guide the club as they pursue back-to-back PL crowns.

“I think also we can have other captains in our team, it could be [Cesar] Azpilicueta, [David] Luiz, and also, in the future, it could be Thibaut Courtois, Cesc Fabregas,” Conte told the Evening Standard.

“I think every single player must improve in this [being personalities in the dressing room] and take more responsibility because we lost big players and we need now to find these new players to create this fundamental for Chelsea. It is very important for our future success to create this base.”

John Terry named Aston Villa captain

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Former Chelsea defender John Terry has been named captain of Aston Villa in his first season at Villa Park.

The club confirmed Terry’s elite status in a social media post, saying he would wear the armband in their friendly today against Shrewsbury Town. Terry replaces former captains James Chester and Tommy Elphick as the man to lead the team out of the tunnel.

The 36-year-old signed on this summer on a free transfer from Chelsea at the expiry of his contract. Terry served as the Chelsea captain for 13 years, first being named as such by Jose Mourinho in 2004. He was also the captain of England for most of his nine-year international career.

While it’s incredibly unusual for a new player to come to a club and immediately be handed the armband, John Terry is clearly the exception to the rule, as one of the most experienced captains active in world soccer.

Last season featured a similar situation for Villa. Elphick began the year as the club captain, having just signed from Bournemouth that summer. The 29-year-old, however, lost his place in the starting lineup after an injury and Villa’s poor start to the season. Fellow new signing Chester took the armband with Elphick out of the side, and captained the club from mid-October on.

Aston Villa finished 13th in the Championship last season, and will be looking for a return to the Premier League yet again following relegation two seasons ago.

WATCH: John Terry sings “Stand By Me” to Aston Villa teammates

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New Aston Villa center back John Terry was not spared the new boy hazing, giving a rendition of Ben E. King’s classic “Stand By Me” to his new teammates on Wednesday.

Villa winger Andre Green is 18, half the age of his new peer, but that didn’t stop the youngster from sharing part of Terry’s performance.

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Terry signed a one-year deal with the Villans, putting him in position to play his first club match in a jersey other than Chelsea’s for the first time since a loan to Nottingham Forest in 2000.

As for the performance, it’s actually not bad by footballer standards. Decent rhythm, and not the absolute worst karaoke voice we’ve heard. Score it a C+?

John Terry signs for Aston Villa on one-year deal

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John Terry is no longer a one-club man.

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After spending 22 years at Chelsea the 36-year-old center back has landed at Aston Villa after his contract with the reigning Premier League champs expired over the weekend.

Seeing JT in claret and blue will be strange, but his main aim is to propel Villa back to the PL after their relegation from the top-flight in 2016.

Terry has signed a one-year deal at Villa and here’s what he had to say about signing the deal.

“I am delighted to join Aston Villa,” Terry said. It’s a club I have admired from afar for many years – there are fantastic facilities at Bodymoor Heath, Villa Park is one of the finest stadiums in the country and there’s a good group of players here, with an experienced and successful manager in Steve Bruce. I can’t wait to get started now and look to help the squad achieve something special this season.”

Sending out a message via his Twitter account, Villa’s outspoken chairman Dr. Tony Xia had the following to say about Terry’s imminent arrival at Villa Park before it was confirmed later on Monday.

It has been reported that Terry could earn up to $5.5 million if Villa gained promotion to the Premier League this season, while it is also believed that Terry will not have a coaching role at the club but he will continue to complete his coaching badges alongside playing.

The finer details are also said to be close to completion as Terry will drop down to the Championship despite reported offers from PL clubs including Swansea City, Bournemouth, West Brom and West Ham among many others.

Terry had a very brief stint in the second-tier back at the start of his career as he played six times while on loan with Nottingham Forest in 2000.

After becoming the most successful captain in PL history as he led Chelsea to five PL titles, plus won five FA Cups, three League Cups, a UEFA Champions League and Europa League trophy during his glittering Stamford Bridge career, Terry is now chasing another trophy: the Championship and promotion to the PL.

The competitor in him wants to prove he can still play week in, week out and at Villa he will do that under Steve Bruce, a manager who knows all about transitioning from a Premier League title-winning captain into coaching and playing as a center back in the second-tier. Bruce has worked his magic to convince Terry to drop down a division but Villa’s potential is limitless as the Birmingham giant aim to rebuild and they’re among the favorites for promotion to the PL in 2017-18.

Report: John Terry to join Aston Villa

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According to a report by ESPN, longtime Chelsea defender and captain John Terry has agreed to join Championship club Aston Villa for the coming season.

The 36-year-old had his Chelsea contract expire this summer, and with Antonio Conte looking to get younger along the back line, Terry was considered surplus and his contract not renewed. There was plenty of speculation that Terry would finish his career in the United States, but nothing concrete ever materialized. The ESPN report says that “a number of clubs at home and abroad” expressed interest in Terry, but he decided to join a Championship side.

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Steve Bruce is hoping to sign Terry to a one-year deal, according to the report, and that will apparently come to fruition after Terry informed his other suitors of his decision.

Terry spent 22 years at Chelsea, from joining the youth system in 1995 to his final professional season with the Blues in 2017, making 690 appearances for the club across all competitions.