Chelsea latest: Boardroom reshuffle, Cesc next skipper? Remy fit for United

Loic Remy

All the latest Chelsea news including Ron Gourlay, Francesc Fabregas as captain and Loic Remy back for Manchester United match.

Francesc Fabregas could succeed Chelsea as club captain.

Manager Jose Mourinho has intimated that the Spaniard could end up wearing the armband once Terry hangs up his playing boots as the Portuguese understands precisely why Cesc skippered Arsenal at 19 and 20 years of age.

"He [Fabregas] is a better guy than I thought," said Mourinho to ITV. "He’s a fantastic guy, he’s a fantastic professional.

"Now I understand why at the age of 19 or 20 or 21 he was Arsenal captain."

He added: "When I am the manager at Chelsea the armband will go to another arm that has been in this club for many many years but one thing is [the captain’s] brain needs to be connected with the manager, and his brain is connected to mine during matches."

Meanwhile, there is to be a reshuffle at board-room level as, after ten years of service, Ron Gourley is standing down from his chief executive's role.

"It has been a privilege to have played a role in the club’s considerable achievements both on and off the pitch over the last 10 years, but I feel the time is right to move on to other challenges," said Gourlay, as quoted by Sky Sports.

"I would like to thank Mr Abramovich, the directors, the manager and players and all the staff for their support during my time at the club, and wish them much continued success in the future."

And finally, while Diego Costa continues to be a doubt, Loic Remy has given Mourinho an injury boost as the Frenchman has declared his intention to feature against Manchester United this weekend.

"I will see what happens in the next few days," he said. "But I am ready for Manchester United, of course. I got the injury before I scored [against Maribor]. I felt a little bit sore. I preferred to keep going and stay on the pitch. I really hope that it is not too bad.

"These things happen but the most important thing is we won. I was disappointed when I came off but there is no reason to be afraid.

"We must now look forward to the game against Manchester United."

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