Gary Cahill’s current contract with Chelsea is due to come to an end this summer. The veteran has only featured sparingly in cup competitions so far this season and is likely to leave the Blues during the summer.

At 33-years-old, Cahill can still compete at the highest level and it is likely that he will carry on playing beyond this season. Upon the former England internationals departure, the Blues will have to choose a new club captain. The following are three candidates that should be considered for the role.

1. Eden Hazard

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Hazard is currently being strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid. The Belgian is one of the best players in world football and has been dynamic for the club following his arrival from Lille in 2012. Chelsea must try by all means to keep hold of this player and perhaps offering him the club captaincy could help to persuade him to agree to a contract extension.

 2. Cesar Azpilicueta

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As things stand, Azpilicueta will have to be the favourite to land the job. Following the departure of John Terry in 2017, the Spaniard was appointed as Blues vice-captain to Cahill. Due to the Englishman’s lack of playing time, he has managed to captain the side numerous times and has proven his worth as a leader. Azpilicueta is also a player who can consistently churn out quality displays and has been playing for Chelsea for more than several years.

3. Antonio Rudiger

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Perhaps the Blues should try a different style of leadership and give the German an opportunity? Rudiger has established himself as a key part of the Blues side. He has been one of the first-choice options at centre-back along with David Luiz. While Luiz could leave Stamford Bridge in the near future, Rudiger can be a crucial part of the West London giants for many years to come. He is just 26 years old.