Chelsea defender David Luiz has asked that the senior players at Stamford Bridge step up their performance following the departure of long term skipper John Terry.

The veteran defender exited his career-long club for more game time at Championship side Aston Villa this summer.

Terry was the captain of the Blues’ side for over a decade in his 22-year stay. With his exit, there is a significant reduction in leadership experience at the club. The Brazilian admits that the 36-year old former Three Lions player would be sorely missed at the club, but adds that the senior teammatesstep up in his absence.

“John was a leader. He was not just the guy with the armband. He was a leader and a great guy, especially last season which was a different season for his career because he didn’t play a lot. He was still great with the team, trying to help and to be together.

“I give my words for him because he deserves it: a top class, top level and he was doing what he loved to do, be a leader, no matter if he was playing or not,” Luiz said.

Gary Cahill is the favourite to replace Terry as the first choice skipper this forthcoming season. The England international led the side for most of last term in Terry’s absence. Terry has enjoyed an amazing career for club and country, even though he has been a controversial figure. He was stripped of the armband by the FA over allegations he racially abused Anton Ferdinand. He eventually left the national team but has continued to enjoy brilliant club football run. He is hoping to help Villa get top tier status by May 2018.

Luiz adds that he hopes the team thrives in the Champions League when the new season restarts. He asks the team to do more than the last season if they want to retain their league title and excel on the continental level.