Sebastian Kehl is convinced that Emre Can has the leadership qualities and dressing room respect required to be successful as Borussia Dortmund captain.
Borussia Dortmund announced on Wednesday evening that Emre Can has been appointed the club’s next captain. The midfielder will take over the captain’s armband from Marco Reus, with Gregor Kobel and Niklas Süle set to assist him as the vice-captain and third captain respectively.
Sebastian Kehl is confident that Can has all the attributes required to succeed as Borussia Dortmund captain. The former BVB captain and current sporting director believes that the Germany international identifies with the club and also has the leadership qualities needed in the role.
"“Emre Can has shown how much he identifies with BVB, and not just through his contract extension,” Kehl said. “He has gained an enormous amount of experience over the course of his career, is the right age to be captain of such a big club and has the appropriate leadership qualities and level of respect in the team. We are convinced that he is the right person moving forward to act as a link between the team, the coaching staff and me as sporting director.”"
The decision to appoint Emre Can as club captain was made by Hans-Joachim Watzke, Sebastian Kehl and Edin Terzic. The BVB CEO feels that Can has performed at an exceptionally high level over the last six months, and is the right captain for the team.
"“Emre Can has a great deal of national and international experience, which he can now put to full use as captain,” Watzke said. “In this calendar year, he has played a significant role in stabilising our team at a high level. Emre is the right captain for our team!”“Gregor Kobel, on the other hand, is one of our most important recent transfers. If he continues to develop like this, he has a great career ahead of him. We are rewarding his achievements by appointing him as vice-captain at a relatively young age.”"
Borussia Dortmund’s decision to appoint Emre Can as club captain comes after his stunning upturn in form helped the club come ever so close to winning the Bundesliga title last season. The 29 year old will now aim to pick up right where and he left off and lead from the front, as the Black and Yellows look to compete for the Bundesliga title once again next season.