Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri has hinted that defender, Gary Cahill could leave Stamford Bridge when the transfer window opens in January due to his lack of playing time at the club. Cahill has not been a regular starter so far this campaign at Chelsea since Sarri took over at the club in July. The 32-year-old has only played 21 minutes of Premier League football so far this season. The ex-England international has been urged to leave the West London club in a bid to get a regular first team football elsewhere. But Sarri has now delivered an honest update about Cahill’s future at Chelsea.
“I respect him [Cahill] very much. He has won everything with this club. I have to respect him, then I have to do my job. For every match I have to choose, and for me it’s not easy to put him on the bench,” Sarri was quoted by The Sport Review as saying. “Maybe he is the best of our defenders inside the box, but I have to think our centre-backs usually play about 100 or 110 balls in a match, so I need very technical defenders.
“It’s not my decision. It is up to him and the club, because he is in his last year of contract so he has to decide for a new contract here or with another club. “You know for over-30s the club usually offers only one-year contracts. If he has an offer of three years from elsewherehe can decide on something else. “It doesn’t depend on whether I am sentimental or not!”
Sarri’s men will tackle Brighton on Sunday evening in the Premier League fixture.