Chelsea captain Gary Cahill has admitted that he will more than likely have to leave Stamford Bridge in January in search of regular first-team football.
Cahill joined Chelsea for £7 million in 2011 from Bolton Wanderers and has gone on to win two Premier League titles, the FA Cup, the Champions League and the Europa League during his seven seasons in West London.
He took over the club captaincy from John Terry last summer, but he has fallen down the pecking order under new Blues boss Maurizio Sarri and the 32-year-old England international has confirmed that his stay at Stamford Bridge will most likely come to an end when the January transfer window opens.
“I don’t want to jump the gun, but as things stand at this time, probably, yes [I might have to leave in January]. I realise that sometimes you have to make tough decisions and football doesn’t wait for people. Sometimes you have to make those decisions to keep going and progressing,” Cahill told the Mirror.
“Having been a big part of things for six years, seven years and played a huge part, not just a squad player, I’m definitely finding it difficult this year to deal with that situation. I haven’t spoken to the manager [about the situation] yet. I think we will speak soon, just to see where everything is and how the land lies.”