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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri believes Gary Cahill would be properly replaced by youngster Ethan Ampadu at Stamford Bridge if the defender left the club in January.

When asked if Cahill is on his way to join Fulham or another side, Sarri told reporters: “No, at the moment I want to understand the situation: if he wants to go or not.

“At the moment his mind is not completely involved in our situation, so we need to wait. For Cahill the situation is different because we have [Ethan] Ampadu, so we don’t need a replacement.”

The London Evening Standard reported earlier this week Cahill is closing in on a loan to Fulham until the end of current season.

Also midfielder Cesc Fabregas is reportedly on his way following a lucrative offer from Ligue 1 side AS Monaco.

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Speaking during his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s Carabao Cup‘s quarter final vs BournemouthSarri‘s assistant coach Gianfranco Zola explained he is not sure Gary Cahill will leave Chelsea during the January transfer window.

It is difficult to say about that. It was not Gary has done badly when he played, but at the moment there are players performing very well”. Zola admitted. “I don’t know what will happen, but he is a fighter. It was a surprise to find out his personality, he will try to fight for a place”.

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Chelsea assistant coach Gianfranco Zola, who spoke after the Carabao Cup’s 3-2 win against Derby County instead of Maurizio Sarri, has confirmed both defenders Gary Cahill and Andreas Christensen “could have done better in the first half” against Frank Lampard’s men.

Zola said: “A player like Cahill, they play and then they don’t for a while, so they might have a problem. I didn’t mean the defenders didn’t defend well. Everyone has to participate in the defensive phase. Some things didn’t work”.

“I thought Gary [Cahill] and Christensen could have done better in the first half. Normally their distribution is better than tonight. That’s the complaint. But we’ll go through this.”

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Chelsea will face Burnley on Sunday in the Premier League and this will be an important game for Maurizio Sarri‘s side who want to be in the title race until the end of the season.

Blues defender Gary Cahill is aware of the difficulties of this match:

It (the battle for the Premier League) is certainly going to be tight this season. As far as the Burnley game goes, these are the matches you need to win if you are going to compete at the top”. Cahill told the Evening Standard. “This is a very difficult game – going away to Burnley. Everyone knows that. These are the fixtures you have to churn out the victories in. That is how I have seen it over the years and this season will be no different”.

Moreover, the season is still very long and Chelsea have now one more rival, according to Gary Cahill: “Arsenal are on an incredible run of form at the minute. When they lost at our place (in August) and already points off the top, people were writing them off”. the defender went on. “All of a sudden they have been in unbelievable form. That’s what can happen. We did it the last time we won the League after losing at Arsenal and at home to Liverpool. Then we won 13 games in a row, which is why people should wait till the new year.”

In any case Chelsea are now in a good position and they can compete to win the Premier League: “I think if you are in a good position after Christmas and coming into January, you feel like you have a chance,” Cahill said. “There are loads of games to play until then, a lot can happen. It’s just a matter of going from one weekend to the next and building a momentum.  It’s great when you go back into training after getting three points. It’s the same going into training today after winning in the Europa League (against BATE Borisov) last night. It’s much better than going in after a loss. That’s why I say momentum is key and we have that right now.”

 

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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 defender Gary Cahill has confirmed he is not expected to play for England national team following 8 years, 5 goals and 60 caps earned with the Three Lions.

Cahill, speaking in an interview which is available on “5th Stand official app”, told Chelsea’s official website: “I think it’s time that I take a step back now. It’s the right moment to do that. I’ve been hugely proud of what I’ve achieved, over 60 caps, I’ve captained my country on a few occasions, which has been a huge honour and something I’ve been really proud of”.

“At the same time, in your football career you never want to shut a door completely, I’ve been hugely honoured to play for my country and if I’m ever needed, I’m there”.

Speaking after Chelsea’s away win at Newcastle on Sunday, Blues’ boss Maurizio Sarri has confirmed Cahill still needs more time to get the best shape and start to be a regular starter for the club.

 

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Maurizio Sarri has confirmed both Gary Cahill and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are “important players” for Chelsea and will be involved soon despite not featuring in the first two games of Premier League season.

The Italian manager also claimed he hopes Mateo Kovacic will remain here in the future” after joining the Blues on a season-long loan from Real Madrid.

On Mateo Kovacic, who came off the bench against Arsenal as well as Chelsea starlet Eden Hazard: “I thought Mateo and Eden played very well in the last 30 minutes, but also in that moment the intensity of the match was going down.

Like Eden, Mateo is ready to play for 60 or 65 minutes. I like him very much so I hope that he will remain here in the future”.

About Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who was not named among the subs for the London derby against Arsenal last Saturday: “It was only a decision about the positions, I chose to put two wingers on the bench and only one midfielder.

I’ve spoken with him twice this week after I spoke to the club, I think Loftus will remain with us, we can speak again about his situation but only in December”.

Gary Cahill needs more time to get the best shape before making his debut for Chelsea in the 2018/19 campaign, according to Sarri.

He said: “In this moment for a defender it’s more difficult to play in my team after only 20 days of training. It’s easier for offensive players so in this moment he needs to have much more training with us. I told him he needs to be patient but he is very important for us”.

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill was among the players which bid a heartfelt farewell to Antonio Conte, who left the club following two seasons in charge at Stamford Bridge.

The England international, who recently suffered a World Cup defeat against Croatia, wrote on his Instagram official account: “I would like to wish Antonio and his family best wishes for the future and thank him for helping me and Chelsea be successful during his time at the club”.

“A Premier League title and FA Cup winners medals are great memories we all shared together. Thank you Antonio. I wish you and all your coaches all the very best for the future”.

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Both goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and striker Michy Batshuayi played the whole game against England at the World Cup tonight as they had to cope also with Chelsea teammates Gary Cahill and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Belgium earned a crucial win in their race for the top of Group G table, which means that Red Devils will play Japan in the last 16 on Monday.

Meanwhile, Chelsea star Eden Hazard remained an unused sub in Roberto Martinez’s team.

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Chelsea centre-back Gary Cahill played the whole game against Belgium tonight, saving a certain goal from Michy Batshuayi earlier in the first half.

The England international and Blues’ captain was selected in the starting XI to face Red Devils in Kaliningrad, with also Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek involved in the game.

Chelsea stars Thibaut Courtois and Michy Batshuayi featured for Belgium, while Eden Hazard was an unused sub in Roberto Martinez’s team.

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