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Gary Cahill reveals he may have to leave Chelsea in January as it will be “very difficult” for his current situation on the sidelines to stay at Stamford Bridge: he has yet to kick a ball this season after falling behind David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen in new boss Maurizio Sarri’s centre-back pecking order.

But, having been a regular for most of his Chelsea career and won it all since joining in January 2012, that understanding hasn’t made being out of favour any easier to take.

Cahill, who 32 now, said:

“I don’t want to jump the gun but as things stand at this time, probably, yes [I might have to leave in January].

“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.

“Sometimes you have to make those decisions to keep going and progressing.

“First of all the team’s doing well which is the most important thing. 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.

“The most important thing here is the team, but I’ve got to look at my situation and my future as well.

“I came back a week before the season started against three defenders who’d been back plenty of time before me.

“Whether that would have changed anything, who knows? It was the latest I’ve ever been back.

“So to go under a new manager, learn a new way of defending and new ideas that he has I am sure he didn’t feel comfortable in putting me in and not knowing that a week before the games so I fully expected to miss the start of the season and we’ve not lost.

“So there’s no arguments from my point of view, hence why I’ve not seen him. When you’re winning games you have to sit tight and suck it up and deal with it. For me to do this all season is going to be very difficult.

“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.

“I wore the captain’s armband the majority of the season when we won the Premier League the year before last.

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is concerned for a disruption that ruined his plans ahead of West Ham clash: after the win in Greece against PAOK in Europa League, the Blues saw their flight home cancelled due to bad weather.

As a result, they have had to wait until today to return to London, with the squad and the staff now scheduled to be back this afternoon, so they stayed at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Thessaloniki for an extra night.

The Italian manager was already said to be concerned about the lack of time between the Europa League and the Premier League matches.

The kick-off times between PAOK and West Ham are little more than 60 hours apart and there is not much time to rest and prepare the derby against Hammers.

The Daily Mail reports Sarri is frustrated by the disruption as he wanted his squad home as soon as possible to prepare for West Ham.

Manuel Pellegrini’s lads have had a full week to work on their plans for Chelsea.

Off the back of their first win, a 3-1 triumph at Everton on Sunday, the Hammers head into the London derby in buoyant mood.

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Chelsea ace Willian reckons new boss Maurizio Sarri has brought the fun back to Blues since replacing Antonio Conte as manager last summer.

The Brazilian had fallen out with Conte and was keen to leave, should the former Juventus manager have stayed for the new season.

Speaking ahead of PAOK clash in Europa League Willian was asked what impact Sarri has made and replied:

“He wants us to play. You can see in the games the difference from last season. We play more, we have more possession, we enjoy, we have fun with responsibility. We win five games in a row so we have to continue the same way.

 “I’m happy with the new manager, with the new profile of football. We have a great team atmosphere. We have great players. We can do everything this season to win titles.

“I‘m very proud to stay and to be a Chelsea player. It’s an honour to play for this club. I’m very happy at Chelsea.

“Everyone knows what happened in the last transfer window but my mind was always at Chelsea. It was always to play for Chelsea. Now with Sarri we have a different way to play football so we just want to enjoy and continue to play for this club.”

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PAOK manager Razvan Lucescu hopes the Thessaloniki side can extend their unbeaten run against Chelsea in tomorrow’s Europa League Group L clash.

PAOK’s record is two wins and two draws from matches with Arsenal in 1997 and Tottenham in 2011. Chelsea have an identical record against Greek sides.

“We have to manage every game in any competition,” Lucescu told a media conference, according to PAOK’s Twitter feed.

“We will give everything to win the next game. Chelsea is one of the best teams in the world. We will be prepared and we have huge motivation for this game.”

There are some familiar faces among PAOK players : striker Chuba Akpom joined PAOK from Arsenal last summer and has played alongside Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud when both were Gunners while Belgian midfielder Omar El Kaddouri played at Napoli under Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri and alongside Blues midfielder Jorginho.

Striker Aleksandar Prijovic has returned to training following a hamstring problem and could be included by the Greek side, who have no other injury concerns, while Sarri left Eden Hazard, David Luiz and Mateo Kovacic in London to rest.

PAOK have an ambitious target in a group which also includes BATE Borisov of Belarus and Vidi of Hungary.

Ukraine midfielder Yevhen Shakhov said: “Our target is to pass from the group stage. We understand the quality of Chelsea, but we have to remain concentrated to our game.”

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Speaking in the pre-match press conference ahead of the Europa League against PAOK, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri explained why Eden Hazard, Mateo Kovacic and David Luiz stayed in London instead of travelling with the rest of the squad:

“First of all David Luiz is in Cobham because he is playing very often now after six months without playing and so I thought it was better for him to have training and rest.

“The second is Mateo Kovacic only for the little injury in the last match against Cardiff. And the last one is Eden Hazard because he told me that after the national team and after the match against Cardiff he was a little bit tired so I thought it was better to stay in Cobham, to have training and to rest.”

The Italian coach has also revealed that he has not briefed his players on the toxic atmosphere they are likely to receive inside the stadium tomorrow night.

“My players are professionals so they must be able to play in every situation. As I said before I am worried about the opponent because they are a very good team not the atmosphere in the stadium.

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Ghana left-back Baba Rahman is still confident he can have a future at Chelsea.

The defender has been on loan for two years at Schalke 04 and he recently returned to action after recovering from a long-term knee injury he suffered last season

“You can never say where football will guide you to. Maybe I stay for the next 10 years at Schalke but I can also imagine playing for Chelsea again,” he is quoted by the Evening Standard.

“As one of the best clubs in the world, Chelsea gives many players the chance to make their dreams come true and become better footballers.

“The club gives talented players a chance to prove themselves. At Schalke, I am now regularly in front of 60,000 spectators on the pitch, which makes me incredibly good in my development.”

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Eden Hazard praised his team-mate Olivier Giroud after last Saturday’s brilliant game, where the Frenchman served up his first two goals on a plate:

“Olivier’s a target man, maybe the best in the world; I think so,” said the Belgian.

“When he gets the ball he can hold the ball and we can go in deep with him, so for us it’s a pleasure to play with him.

“When Alvaro (Morata) was playing it’s completely different, but they both have great qualities, so I’m happy to have good strikers in the team.

“The game [against Cardiff] was very tough. We knew, especially after the (international) break, it’s always very hard to play a good game because you are all a bit tired, but at the end we got three points. That’s what is important.

“I think, okay, we can play better, we should play better, but we scored four goals and it’s a good game for us.”

In the last Premier League clash Cardiff took a shock lead through defender Sol Bamba‘s tidy finish, as the visitors pulled off a smart training-ground move.

Hazard praised Chelsea for refusing to panic however, with the Blues hitting back quickly to carry a 2-1 lead into half-time.

“After 20 minutes the score was 1-0 for Cardiff, but we just kept playing our football and then, when we have the chance, we need to score, and that’s what we did.

“The manager just wants Chelsea to keep the ball, and then when we can find a solution, we need to find good passes between the lines, like Jorginho, (Mateo) Kovacic and (Cesc) Fabregas can do.

“So, we have a lot of good players, and at the moment we are in confidence, so we shoot, we score. We need to keep this momentum.

“We have a lot of freedom on the pitch, so when we are in this condition we just need to take the ball and try something, and at the moment something happens, so that is very good.

“When I’m on the pitch I’m just trying to create chances, score goals. A hat-trick comes with confidence, so I will try to do more of this.”

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Chelsea are not concerned about about Mateo Kovacic’s fitness.

The Croatia international picked up an injury against Cardiff City and limped off five minutes into the second half at Stamford Bridge, where the Blues won 4-1.

But head coach Maurizio Sarri has been told by Chelsea’s medical team that the problem doesn’t seem serious.

Asked if he was concerned about Kovacic’s injury, the Italian coach said:

“No. I asked the doctor a few minutes ago and he said it’s not serious,” Sarri commented after the final whistle.

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CHELSEA – Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Jorginho, Kovacic, Kante, Pedro, Hazard, Giroud.

Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Zappacosta, Drinkwater, Barkley, Willian, Morata.

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

CARDIFF CITY – Etheridge, Manga, Bamba, Morrison, Bennett, Arter, Ralls, Camarasa, Hoilett, Decordova-Reid, Ward.

Subs: B. Murphy, Peltier, Richards, Cunningham, Paterson, Madine, Zohore.

Manager: Neil Warnock

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John Terry has turned down a move to Russian side Spartak Moscow for family reasons.

Last week Sky Sport Italia reported  that the former England and Chelsea captain was in talks over a one-year deal, with the option of an extra 12 months.

The former Blues skipper- who’s got two 12-year-old twins – underwent a medical in Rome last Friday but eventually decided he won’t move to Russia to stay closer to his family, who didn’t want to move to Moscow.

He wrote on Instagram: “After considerable thought, I have decided to decline a contract offer from Spartak Moscow. I would like to take the opportunity to thank Spartak and wish them and their supporters well for the rest of the season.

They are an ambitious club and I have been very impressed with their professionalism. But after assessing this move with my family, we’ve decided this is not the right move for ourselves at this time.”

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