Chelsea Player Tells The Club Wants To Leave In January
Maurizio Sarri has had a very good start to life in the Premier League with Chelsea topping the table. The new Blues boss has one conflict to sort out with one players asking to leave Stamford Bridge.
Antonio Conte leaving Chelsea was the worst kept secret in the summer with the Italian almost certain to leave but having to wait most of the summer before being sacked, despite winning the Premier League just over a year previous.
In his place came another Italian, Maurizio Sarri. The former Napoli boss found himself out of a job after his former club appointed Carlo Ancelotti manager, whilst he was still there.
Sarri had issues to deal with straight away as both Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard seemed hellbent on moving to Real Madrid but he did well to only lose Courtois.
The Blues have started the season extremely well and find themselves top of the pile after five league wins from five, including a 3-2 win over Arsenal.
Sarri now has to deal with a small bump in the road with one of his players informing the club he wants to leave. It's only a small bump though as the player is yet to play this season.
Gary Cahill wants to leave in order to find first team football with the player saying, "A lot of things have been running through my head. For me to do this all season is going to be very difficult. 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. I've got maximum respect for everybody here at the club, the fans and the players.
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"But sometimes you have to make tough decisions to keep your career going forward."
Asked if he would leave in January the former Bolton Wanderers player added, "I don't want to jump the gun, but as things stand, probably yes.
"Whatever my future holds, the relationship I have with the club and fans will have been a huge part of my footballing life.
"I realise that sometimes you have to make tough decisions. I realise sometimes football doesn't wait for people. You have to make those decisions to keep progressing."
There could be any number of suitors for the 32 year old and he was recently linked with a move to join up with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.
Whether the Red Devils would be in for him in January remains to be seen but Mourinho did want to add some more Premier League experience to his back line.
Where should Cahill go in January?