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Cahill insists he is ‘fit as a fiddle’ as search for a new club begins

Gary Cahill has insisted that he still has ‘a few more years’ left in his legs as the defender looks forward to life after Chelsea.

The centre-back will be out of contract at the end of next month and is set to leave Chelsea on a free transfer after falling down the defensive pecking order this season, despite captaining the club to FA Cup glory last season.

However, the 33-year-old has no doubts that he is fit enough to continue playing for a few more years.

“I’m fit as a fiddle and ready to go. I’ve used the time I’ve not been playing wisely,” he told talkSPORT.

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“This chapter will close and another will open for me without a doubt, so I have a few more years left to play.”

Before the Blues 3-0 win over Watford at the weekend, Cahill launched an astonishing condemnation of Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri and his lack of respect. However, the Italian did present the departing veteran with an opportunity to say his goodbyes to the Stamford Bridge faithful with a rare cameo appearance.

“It has been a pleasure to play for the club and I’d like to thank the club for giving me the opportunity to play at the highest level,” he added.

“The memories I’ve made from this football club will live with me forever – they’re some of the best memories I’m going to have from football.”

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