Vermaelen is happy for the team-mates who have filled in as captain in his absence.
He said: "I'm proud to be captain and still so happy to be playing for this club.
"A great captain is somebody who wants to be a leader, not just on the pitch but off it as well.
"A great captain wants to set a good example to all their team-mates and help them in difficult times both professionally and personally."
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