Leeds United: Bamba named as club captain

Sol Bamba.

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Leeds United have named defender Sol Bamba as club captain for the new season.

The Ivory Coast international will lead United into the 2015-16 campaign in a move which head coach Uwe Rosler described as a “natural” choice.

Bamba captained Leeds while on loan at Elland Road from Palermo last season and also acted as skipper in a number of their summer friendlies.

He admitted last month that he was ready to take on the responsibility if Rosler offered it to him full-time.

Rosler, who signed the centre-back on a permanent deal from Palermo in June, told United’s official website: “It’s natural to Sol.

“He’s been in England and he understands the English culture and mentality of the Championship.

“He’s also been in Italy and speaks several languages and can bridge the gap. He can unify the dressing room. That’s very important.

“It’s a long season and in the Championship you need mentality and morale.”

Jason Pearce, Stephen Warnock and Liam Cooper all held the armband at stages of last season, a campaign in which the armband changed hands regularly.

Bamba finished the term as captain and speaking to the YEP last month, the 30-year-old said: “It would be a huge thing for me to be captain of a big club and it would be an honour and a privilege.

“I’m not asking for it. If the gaffer thinks I deserve it then I’ll take it with pleasure.”

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