Gary Cahill admits that he will have to leave Chelsea in January unless there is a dramatic change in his circumstances between now and then.
Gary Cahill has failed to feature in any of Chelsea’s Premier League matchday squads this season, Cahill hoped that the Europa League would provide an opportunity for some long-awaited first team football.
He travelled to Greece but didn’t make it off the bench in the 1-0 win over PAOK Salonika on Thursday, proving that Maurizio Sarri does not see the 32-year-old as part of his plans.
Asked if he would have to leave Chelsea in January to play regular football, Cahill replied (quoted by the Mirror): “I don’t want to jump the gun but as things stand at this time, probably, yes.
“Whatever my future holds, in terms of the club, and the relationship I have with the club and the fans, it will have been a huge part of my footballing life. I’ve got maximum respect for everybody here.
“I realise that sometimes you have to make tough decisions and football doesn’t wait for people.”
Cahill has made over 280 appearances for Chelsea since joining from Bolton in 2012. He won the UEFA Champions League winner within five months of joining the club and has gone on to win two Premier League titles, the Europa League and the FA Cup.
“Everything gradually comes to an end or there’s a new challenge around the corner. I’ve been here for six years and won six titles,” said Cahill.
“I’m proud of my career, of what I’ve done here and what I’ve achieved in such a short space of time.”