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Jonny Evans named West Brom captain as Pulis insists he is certain to stay

Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans has been named West Bromwich Albion captain for the new season.

The 29 year-old takes over the role from Darren Fletcher, who made the shock switch to Stoke earlier this summer.

Evans has been the subject of a pursuit by 2015/16 Premier League champions Leicester, who West Brom happen to face in a pre-season tournament in Hong Kong on Wednesday. The Baggies held out against Leicester's advances and, according to their manager, will still enjoy the services of their newly-appointed skipper next season.

"Jonny Evans is staying with West Bromwich Albion. There is no doubt about that," said Tony Pulis.

“Jonny will be our captain next season. He had a fantastic year last season and I’m hoping he steps up now. He’s not had the responsibility before, to being a captain around the club.

“It’s an important job and it’s about looking after the players and looking after the dressing room and if we get issues in the dressing room I will be expecting him to sort it out.”

Evans joined West Brom in 2015 and has played 61 Premier League games during his first two seasons at the club. Before that, he played 131 league matches for Manchester United.

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