In perhaps one of the more surprising bits of transfer news doing the rounds on Friday was that veteran England international and Chelsea captain Gary Cahill, is set to stay at Stamford Bridge.

The report in the Metro states that the 32-year old, who is out of contract at the Blues next summer, is leaning towards staying right until the end of the season. The decision has apparently been made because Cahill believes the club are heading for trophies – with the Blues still fighting on all-fronts in Europe and domestically.

It’s been expected that Gary Cahill would make a move in January to get first team football, with Premier League and Championship clubs keen on signing the defender, giving him the football he wants.

The news could be a welcome boost for Maurizio Sarri who may now delay his search for a new centre-back until next summer when potentially better (and more affordable) targets are available, as well as keeping one of the most influential voices in the dressing room this season.

Cahill played the full game as Chelsea beat BATE Borisov in the Europa League this past Thursday, as well as the full 90 in the club’s win at Liverpool in the League Cup. However, the 32-year old has been restricted to just 21 minutes of Premier League action this season.

If indeed Gary Cahill runs down his contract at the Bridge then fans will have nothing but admiration, either way, for a player that has had a trophy-laden career in west London – winning the Champions League, Europa League, League Cup, FA Cup (twice) and the Premier League (twice).

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