English defender Gary Cahill has rejected offers from Juventus, Monaco and Fulham to stay at Stamford Bridge for the remainder of his contract.
If reports from Sky Sports are to believed, Chelsea captain Gary Cahill has turned down lucrative offers from the likes of Juventus, AS Monaco and Fulham to stay at Chelsea for the remainder of the season and see out his contract with the Blues.
Maurizio Sarri was ready to allow the transfer of the 33-year-old in the January transfer window with Fulham even agreeing a deal with Chelsea for a permanent transfer. Initially, the Cottagers had been interested in taking the the former England defender on loan. However, the deal faltered midway as Cahill was unable to agree personal terms with Claudio Ranieri’s side, according to Sky sources.
The former England international, who was being linked with Manchester United not long ago, also turned down potential moves to Serie A champions Juventus and Ligue 1 outfit Monaco. Cahill is believed to be keen on staying and fighting his way back into Sarri’s starting lineup after a disappointing season so far, that has seen him make just 7 appearances till date.
After the recent 4-0 loss to AFC Bournemouth, things look bleak for the Blues. However, chances for appearances remain scarce for the former Villa Park favourite. He last appeared against Greek side PAOK in a Europa League fixture in November.
In December, Sarri outlined his reasons for not playing Cahill more. “I respect him very much because he has won everything with this club, but then I have to do my job,” Sarri said.
“Every match I have to choose. For me it is not [possible] to have him on the bench. Maybe he is the best in the box, but our defenders may play 100 or 110 balls in a match so I need defenders [to play] very technically.”
The return of the Europa League in February could deal Cahill with a rare outing. The West Londoners are set to play Swedish outfit Malmo twice this month amid a challenging run of fixtures jumbled with the Premier League.
The aging fan favourite who has won two Premier League titles, the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League during his seven-year spell at Stamford Bridge, would be wishing to end his career at English club.
With his contract set to run out at the end of the season, a new adventure next season is definitely on the cards for Cahill, but for now he stays put at Stamford Bridge.