Leeds defender Sol Bamba says he would be happy to be captain next season.
Leeds United defender Sol Bamba has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he would be 'honoured' to be captain at Elland Road.
Bamba, 30, spent the second half of last season on loan at Leeds from Palermo, but completed his permanent move to Elland Road this summer.
The veteran Ivorian is expected to play a key role under new manager Uwe Rosler this coming season, with Bamba evidently Leeds' best and most important defender.
His experience is key for Leeds, and the former Leicester man could be a prime candidate to become the club's new captain if needed, with the defender telling the Yorkshire Evening Post that he would be 'honoured' to wear the armband under Rosler.
"I’m not going to say that I want it but if I got it then I’d be happy," said Bamba. "It would be a huge thing for me to be captain of a big club and it would be an honour and a privilege. But I’m not asking for it. If the gaffer thinks I deserve it then I’ll take it with pleasure. If it’s anyone else I’ll just do my job."
Fellow defender Liam Cooper took over the role of captain under former boss Neil Redfearn last season - but Rosler looks set to appoint his own skipper now.
Given Bamba's vast experience and great leadership qualities, the Ivorian is surely the leading candidate to take the armband into the new season - especially given the lack of other options.
Leeds have plenty of young, up and coming players but few first team stars that have extensive Football League experience, making Bamba the clear favourite, and the right choice for Rosler as he gears up for the new Championship season.