Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is reportedly considering making Eden Hazard captain of the side in an attempt to convince the Belgian to remain at Stamford Bridge.
This comes as the Blues told interested clubs – including Barcelona and Real Madrid – that World Cup semi-finalist Hazard won’t be leaving the club for a fee less than £200m.
Bent on keeping the mercurial playmaker, it is understood that Sarri’s next move is to offer him a role as captain and fend off the interests of La Liga giants Real and Barca.
If Hazard, 27, is handed the captaincy, some hope that he would choose to stay at Stamford Bridge, rather than be tempted with a move away.
Other contenders for the role as skipper are Spaniards Cesc Fabregas and Cesar Azpilicueta.
Hazard joined Chelsea in 2012, and has been named their Player of the Year three times, but is currently stalling his contract signing despite having a £300,000 per week deal tabled before him.
England defender Gary Cahill was Chelsea’s last captain, but his future at the club is uncertain following the imminent signing of Italian Daniele Rugani.