Lars Bender has resigned from his role as Bayer Leverkusen skipper. Charles Aranguiz takes over the responsibility.
|Charles Aranguiz.||Photo: Bayer 04 Leverkusen|
Charles Aranguiz has been named new Bayer Leverkusen captain for the 2020/21 season, the Bundesliga club have announced on Friday.
The Chilean midfielder takes over the captain's armband from Lars Bender, the club's captain since the 2015/16 season, who has resigned from the responsibility due to his ongoing injury problems.
"I'm convinced that a captain belongs on the pitch and must play regularly. That wasn't always the case for me last season," said Bender and added:
"In the future, I want to concentrate on my duties as a 'normal' player and on my health."
Aranguiz, 31, has played for Leverkusen since 2015 and signed a new contract until 2023 in May.