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Charles Aranguiz takes over as Leverkusen captain from Lars Bender

By Rune Gjerulff   @runegjerulff

Lars Bender has resigned from his role as Bayer Leverkusen skipper. Charles Aranguiz takes over the responsibility.
Charles Aranguiz.
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.

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