Jallet: 'An honour to captain PSG'
Appointed by coach Carlo Ancelotti as PSG captain for the season to come, defender Christophe Jallet is looking forward to taking his star-studded side to glory this season.
Since his arrival at the helm of PSG in January, Ancelotti has made clear his preference for having a Frenchman captaining his side, and following PSG's encouraging performance against Barcelona on Saturday - during which Jallet wore the armband for the first hour - the Italian reached a decision, announcing Jallet as club captain in the post-match press conference.
"It's a true honour to be captain of this side," beamed the 28-year-old, who can play at right back or on the right-hand side of midfield. "I hope that together we can take PSG as far as possible. It will be a true joy."
Half-way through last season, many would have picked central defender Mamadou Sakho to maintain his grip on the armband, but Jallet's consistent performances, not to mention his rock-hard mentality and never-say-die attitude, seem to have convinced Ancelotti that he is the man for the job.
"We had talked about it a bit, and it's great because it's the mark of a certain amount of confidence in me," he explained. "I never imagined I would be in this position. I'm very lucky to be where I am and I know that as a team we'll try our hardest not to waste the opportunities we have and put together a fantastic season as a solid team."
As fate would have it, Jallet's first chance to create a bright future captain of the star-studded capital club comes in the form a confrontation with his past, with former club Lorient making the trip to the Parc des Princes for their Week 1 fixture on Saturday.