Roman Abramovich could strip John Terry of the Chelsea captaincy and replace him with David Luiz.

The billionaire Blues owner is keen on Luiz becoming the man to lead the club forward, sparking fresh doubts about the 32-year-old’s future at Stamford Bridge.

Abramovich seems intent on clearing out the old guard at Chelsea and sees Luiz as a breath of fresh air at Stamford Bridge, reports the Daily Star.

Didier Drogba was offloaded, Frank Lampard is set to leave in the summer and no new contract talks are planned for Terry.

Jose Mourinho is set to replace Rafa Benitez as boss, returning to the club this summer after deciding he wants to leave Real Madrid.

And Mourinho is unlikely to have any misgivings about giving the captaincy to his fellow Portuguese speaker.

Luiz, 26, has proved a huge hit with Chelsea fans with his passionate displays for the club since joining from Benfica in January 2011.

Despite being prone to mistakes, the 20-times capped Brazil star has become a cult figure with his frizzy hairstyle and all-action game.