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”.