Chelsea have rejected Gary Cahill’s request to let him go despite the defender’s increasing frustration as he has been left out to warm the bench in recent times. Liverpool over the past few weeks have become favourite to lure the veteran defender away from Stamford Bridge, reports Daily Star.
The England vice-captain has played only one Premier League match since Jose Mourinho’s sacking last month and he now thinks that lack of competitive football might cost him his place in England squad at this summer’s Euros. The 30-year-old defender is keen to have a chat with interim manager Guus Hiddink regarding his future at Stamford Bridge.
Cahil just in December signed a new 3 year contract extension worth £90,000 per week but he has found himself relegated to the bench since Guus Hiddink took charge of the team while Kurt Zouma partnering John Terry at the back in recent matches. His concerns also have increased after the imminent arrival of young centre-half Matt Miazga from MLS side New York Red Bulls. 20-year-old Miazga has been allowed to leave the US national training camp to finalise his move to Chelsea for £3.5million.
However, sources close to the club claims that Gary Cahill still remains a highly valued member of the first-team and they will not let him go during this January transfer window. He is expected to replace John Terry for Sunday’s FA Cup fourth round away fixture against MK Dons, but captain Terry is believed to return to the first team action for the midweek Premier League trip to Watford.
Cahill has made more than 150 appearances for the Blues since his £7million switch from Bolton in January 2012 and was also a key member in last season’s title-winning squad.
England boss Hodgson appointed him vice-captain just after the 2014 World Cup and Cahill skippered the Three Lions in Absence of Wane Rooney against Estonia last October.
But Hodgson has insisted recently that he will not include anyone who is not playing at regular level for their clubs and Cahill is now concerned that he has apparently slipped behind Chris Smalling and John Stones in the international pecking order.