Incoming Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho insists John Terry will remain the club's captain, but stopped short of assuring the defender a place in his starting line-up.
Mourinho has returned to Stamford Bridge on a four-year contract, taking over from interim manager Rafa Benitez, who used Terry sparingly throughout last season.
The 32-year-old has expressed his eagerness to play more minutes next term, but Mourinho says form will dictate his team selections.
"Last time [I was manager at Chelsea], John was the captain by a club decision because he was born in this club, also, his personality on the pitch," said Mourinho."I did a simple consultation with the players, and everyone agreed on that.
"At this moment, when you say 'my captain', it's not the real world. He is more Chelsea captain. 'My captain' is the board's captain, the fans' captain. I don't think the manager's captain is the correct word.
"John is the club captain. I am more than happy with that, so are the fans, so I think he has to be the club captain.
"With the armband? Only if he plays. If he isn't in the starting XI, he won't have the armband. I have not thought about that (who else would take over), but it has to be like that."
Information from the Press Association was used in this report.