In news that will have potentially shocked manager Maurizio Sarri, Gary Cahill has revealed that he is likely to leave Chelsea in the January transfer window, having not played under the Italian this season.

The Metro carried the 32-year old Englishman’s quotes, which all but starts the speculation of what the Blues will have to do to replace the experienced defender;

I don’t want to jump the gun but as things stand at this time, probably, yes (I might have to leave in January).’

Whatever my future holds, in terms of the club, and the relationship I have with the club and the fans, it will have been a huge part of my footballing life. I’ve got maximum respect for everybody here.’

I realise that sometimes you have to make tough decisions and football doesn’t wait for people.’

Sometimes you have to make those decisions to keep going and progressing.’

I’ve always been hungry to play football. I’m not a guy who is willing to accept not playing. It’s all about playing. Your career’s short enough as it is.’

Interestingly in the Birmingham Mail it’s Aston Villa who are emerging as frontrunners to sign Gary Cahill in January – following in the footsteps of former Chelsea captain John Terry in making his way to Villa Park.

The report states that Villa were prepared to make a contract offer to Gary Cahill at the end of the season when his contract expires, but the possibility of getting him early in January will likely accelerate the Midlands club bid for the English international.

It will be interesting to see whether Cahill views his immediate future dropping down into the Championship, especially will the mixed start to the season that Steve Bruce’s side have had so far – having lost twice and drawn four times in nine matches.

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