Press conference

'I want from three to five captains in the team'

Unai Emery wants "from three to five captains in the team" this season.

Last summer our head coach named five players in a captaincy group - Laurent Koscielny, Petr Cech, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka.
 
The latter was sat alongside Unai at his press conference in Los Angeles on Tuesday and he will certainly be among the leaders in 2019/20.
 
"We spoke a little about this and last year we had Laurent, Petr Cech and Ramsey," said Unai.
 
"At the moment, Koscielny has a contract with us but I think they are going to speak, the club and him, about whether he continues or not.
 
"We have players with the capacity [to be captains]. One is Granit. Last year also he played so much as a captain, and was like a captain in the dressing room.
 
"We also have Mesut and Nacho, and also other players, they can take this position also. I want from three to five captains in the team."
 
Unai was asked about Koscielny's situation, and here's what he said:
 
"This matter is for the club and for him. Before this travel, I spoke with him three times about that and he wanted to speak with the club because his first idea is to leave and the moment to leave from the team.
 
"But when I spoke with him, I wanted him to come with us and also to continue working and speaking with the club about the possibilities that are best for him and the team. He decided to stay in London and now this matter is for him and the club to speak and take the decision."