The 2017/18 season is the start of a new era at Chelsea, following the departure of club legend John Terry.
After 19 seasons with Chelsea, Terry has moved to Championship side Aston Villa, where he himself has been named the club captain.
Replacing him as Blues skipper will be fellow centre-half Gary Cahill, who, ironically, started his career at Aston Villa.
“To be captain of such a huge club like Chelsea is a great personal achievement,” Cahill told the official Chelsea website.
31-year-old Cahill was perhaps an obvious pick for captain, but there were a number of contenders for his deputy, including David Luiz and Eden Hazard.
Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta has been given the official honour.
Cahill also said that he has a very good relationship with the full-back and that Antonio Conte’s decision to name him vice-captain came as no surprise.
“I have a very good relationship with Azpi and that’s important. He’s a top player but his work-rate and character are very strong so he has all the characteristics you would expect from a leader.”