Former Chelsea player and manager Roberto Di Matteo has suggested that the club will never be able to find a good enough player to replace John Terry.
The defender, sometimes dubbed ‘Mr Chelsea’, will walk away from the West London outfit this summer after spending 22 years at Stamford Bridge.
Terry helped bring huge success to the club, winning 15 trophies, the last of which was the Premier League title under manager Antonio Conte.
The ex-England captain was unable to play an influential role in the campaign having made just nine appearances in the top flight last season.
The lack of game time contributed to the 36-year-old’s decision to leave, and he is expected to continue his playing career at another club.
Di Matteo, who played alongside and coached Terry, believes that Chelsea will struggle to find another figure that can take on the role left by the club captain.
The Mirror quotes him as saying:
“Terry has been there 20 years. He was a leader in the dressing room, he was the reference point for many players, especially many new players. He represented the true feelings of Chelsea.
“It’s going to take a bit of time for somebody to step in and take that kind of role. I’m not sure if ever somebody will be able to do so, but certainly taking on the captaincy role and being that important for the team.”