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Published: 14:35 | 14/7/16

Terry to remain captain - Conte

Manager to lean on skipper

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte insists John Terry will continue in his role as club captain.

Terry was appointed club captain by Jose Mourinho ahead of the 2004-05 season and he has continued to wear the armband despite the numerous changes in management.

While he signed a new contract in May, the defender is likely to have a reduced playing role under Conte but the new manager has confirmed that he will not lose the captaincy.

"John Terry signed a contract as a player, not as a different role," he told reporters.

"He’s the captain of this team and a great player, with great personality and great charisma. I want to speak with him because he knows the club and the right spirit for the club.

"For me he is an important player. All the players know that I see the pitch during training to choose my starting eleven.

"John Terry is captain, when he plays and when he doesn’t play. He is the captain always."

In January Terry revealed that he had not been offered a new contract and would be leaving the club at the end of the season but repeatedly expressed a desire to remain at Stamford Bridge.

He eventually signed a new deal and Conte insists he was fully involved in the decision to offer Terry a new contract.

"I repeat, John Terry is an important player for me, the club and the fans. He signed a new contract in May and we took the decision together. We were very pleased and very happy he signed a new deal. I spoke to him at different times and he was very happy to sign," Conte told reporters at his first press conference.

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