Chelsea defender and captain Gary Cahill has played his last game with Blues at Stamford Bridge in the 3-0 win against Watford on Sunday afternoon.
The England international defender came off the pitch in the 89th minute to get a deserved farewell by Chelsea fans and several players.
Cahill, who has barely featured under Maurizio Sarri‘s management this season, eventually labelled his last campaign with Blues as “terrible” after the Italian boss reportedly refused to explain reasons behind his decision to left the 33-year-old defender out of starting XI on a regular basis.
He added: “It will just be erased out of my head when I leave Chelsea. My last memory will be last season’s FA Cup final.
“It’s been very difficult. I have played on a regular basis over the previous six seasons and I’ve won everything with Chelsea, so to be watching from the stands is something I didn’t expect”.
“I know how the whole club works, I’ve got a big relationship with all the players and staff, and yet none of that has been utilised. If you are not playing a player, any player, for two, three, four games, then you don’t have to give a reason for that. But if it gets to eight or nine games, then you have to explain the situation. What’s going on? But the manager hasn’t done that.”
Sarri was coy on Cahill’s words and refused to make further comments on it: “I don’t know the situation, I’m sorry” he said.
“It’s not important for me. Cahill, during the season, was really very professional. He played only five, six or seven matches, but he was really very important in the training ground, in the dressing room.
Today was his last match for Chelsea, so it was important for him to be on the pitch, only for a few minutes but I still think it was really very important for the fans and for him.
Here, Gary won everything. And so I think he had to say goodbye to the stadium, to the fans, to the club.”