Jose Mourinho is reportedly considering dropping goalkeeper Iker Casillas as Real Madrid captain in favour of moving the armband to one of the out-field positions.
The decision is thought to be strategic, so as to offer a voice on the pitch to talk to referees, and reflective of the Portuguese Coach’s experience of working with out-field, energetic captains such as Javier Zanetti and John Terry.
Casillas is likely to maintain influence and a say in the dressing room, with Mourinho keen to impress upon club hierarchy the role change is thought more for functionality.
The Madrid-based publication Marca ran a survey to discover the fans’ choice to take the captain’s armband from the No 1, should Mourinho follow through on these reports, with Xabi Alonso receiving an overwhelming majority of the votes.
His 75% eclipsed the 15% second placed Sergio Ramos received, and the 10% for third choice Cristiano Ronaldo.