By Will Butcher
Ivory Coast international Sol Bamba has revealed that he is delighted to remain as Leeds captain for the upcoming season.
The former Paris Saint-Germain defender was given the Leeds captaincy in early 2015 by ex-manager Neil Redfearn he was on loan at the club and has remained on armband duty ever since.
Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Lee Sobot revealed on Thursday via his Twitter account that Bamba would remain as the captain of the Yorkshire giants, as Leeds begin their Championship campaign on Sunday.
— Lee Sobot (@LeeSobotYEP) August 4, 2016
“People just see it on the pitch – it’s more obvious as you’ve got the armband on,” Bamba told Leeds’ official website. “But I think it’s also a massive job off the pitch to make sure everyone is okay and that I know what everyone needs.
“Sometimes it’s just a quick chat or to go for a coffee with someone to make sure they’re okay.”
The 31-year-old featured 29 times for the Whites last term after signing permanently from Italian Serie A side Palermo, and became somewhat of a goalscoring defender, chipping in with four goals.
The defender, who has also had spells in Turkey and Scotland, revealed that he is honoured to have the title of captain with the Whites.
“It’s a massive honour for me – I never take it for granted,” Bamba said. “It’s a huge honour for me to represent the club and for my family as well.
“I’m going to do it to the best of my ability and hopefully I can make the club and the fans proud.”
However, it is unclear whether Bamba will even start for Leeds on Sunday against QPR, after former Chesterfield man Liam Cooper recovered from a muscle strain.
Swansea loanee Kyle Bartley is also competing to make the starting eleven at the heart of the Leeds defence as the Whites look to start their season with a win.
In other Leeds team news, Sky Sports pundit Don Goodman has given this verdict on Leeds’ chances of a promotion challenge.