Maurizio Sarri tells Gary Cahill he is free to leave Chelsea
Gary Cahill is free to leave Chelsea if he wishes to play regularly, according to Maurizio Sarri. The Chelsea defender has played just 21 minutes in the Premier League this season, and has not even made the bench for the last five league games. Cahill, 32, is being linked with a transfer to Arsenal and is tipped to use the January window to engineer a move away from Stamford Bridge.
Sarri spoke out on the rumours swirling around Cahill and admitted it was unlikely the Englishman would ever win a place in his side. ‘I respect him very much because he has won everything with this club, [but] then I have to do my job,’ Sarri replied when asked about Cahill being linked to Arsenal. ‘Every match I have to choose. For me it [he] is not able to [be] on the bench.
‘Maybe he is the best in the box, but our defenders may play 100 or 110 balls in a match so I need defenders very technically. It is not my decision, but it is up to him and the club. ‘He is in the last year of the contract, he has to decide for a new contract here or another club. ‘For the over 30 [players] the club usually offers only one year of contract. If he has an offer of three years, he can of course choose something [else at a different club]. It doesn’t depend if I am sentimental or not.’
Cahill has missed just one game in Chelsea’ Europa League campaign, captaining the Blues in each of those matches and has also been used in the EFL Cup. Chelsea play MOL Vidi in their final group game in the Europa League and Sarri is expected to make a host of changes to his side.