GARY CAHILL has been handed Chelsea’s captains armband ahead of the new campaign.
Defensive partner Cesar Azpilicueta has also been named as the club’s vice-captain.
The England international will fill the void left by club legend John Terry who left for Aston Villa this summer.
And Cahill, who signed for Chelsea from Bolton in 2012, has admitted the acknowledgement ranks as one of the proudest moments of his career.
Speaking to the club’s official website he said: “It’s definitely a proud moment in my career. I’ve had some good moments up until now and this certainly ranks very highly.
“To be captain of such a huge club like Chelsea is a great personal achievement.
I was lucky to have the armband for quite a long time last year but obviously John Terry was still club captain and a huge figure here.
“But I gained a lot of experience from that and hopefully I can continue in the same vein this season.”
Cahill, 31, has won two Premier League titles with Chelsea, the League Cup, FA Cup, Europa League and Champions League.
Meanwhile midfielder Nemanja Matic has joined his team-mates at training following his snub from their Asia tour.
The wantaway star is desperate to reunite with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.
And last week he received a huge boost as owner Roman Abramovich gave him the green light to move to Old Trafford if the Red Devils meet his £50million valuation.