Maurizio Sarri has confirmed that Gary Cahill can leave Chelsea as he is not suited to his style of play, adding that the decision is up to him.
Cahill has played just 21 minutes of football in the Premier League this season, and admitted in September that he felt inclined to leave Chelsea in the January transfer window if he could not force his way into Sarri’s plans. He said;
“I respect him very much because he has won everything with this club, but then I have to do my job,”
“Every match I have to choose. For me it is not [possible] to have him on the bench. Maybe he is the best [of our defenders] in the box, but our defenders may play 100 or 110 balls in a match so I need defenders [to play] very technically.
“It is not my decision, it is up to him and the club [whether he stays]. He is in the last year of the contract, he has to decide for a new contract here or another club.
“For the [players] over 30 the club usually offers only one year of contract. If he has an offer of three years [somewhere else] he can of course choose something. It doesn’t depend if I am sentimental or not.”
Cahill did not travel with the rest of the Chelsea squad to Hungary due to injury, while Mateo Kovacic and Victor Moses are also sidelined. Sarri has chosen to leave Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante, Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger and Kepa Arrizabalaga in England with Europa League qualification already assured.