Two weeks ago, on September 21st, Gary Cahill officially cast doubt on whether he would remain a Chelsea player beyond January, and not even see out the final year of his contract that is set to expire in June. Back then, he had yet to play a single minute under new boss Maurizio Sarri, and there seemed to be no opportunities coming along for him with David Luiz and Antonio Rüdiger hogging the minutes and Andreas Christensen preferred when rotation was needed.
After two starts in three games as well as a substitute appearance, Cahill has rowed back a bit on those exit aims. Nothing like a bit of fresh Europa League air to renew the spirit!
“We won the Europa League in 2013 and it was an amazing night, an amazing feeling. I take those memories and think to myself, ‘I want to do that again’. This year, we are in the Europa League and we will try to win this. For me, it’s just about getting out there playing as much as I can.”
With Rüdiger dealing with a few injury concerns and Christensen yet to rediscover his form for the first half of last season, Cahill is proving himself a solid, reliable option, just as he’s always been. And he’s still motivated to do well and play for the biggest prizes in club football, even as the Sun starts setting on his playing career.
“I’m ambitious in everything I do. That is never going to change. I’m excited to see how far this team can go.
“I feel like I’m fit and in good form. I feel really fresh. I am ready whenever I’m called upon, whenever I’m needed.”
-Gary Cahill; source: Evening Standard
Of course, we should never write off serial-winner Gary Cahill, who still remains Chelsea’s official club captain as well — at least until Sarri finally makes his decision, if and when that happens.
“I want to play football out on the pitch. I am not different to anyone else and the ambition never changes. I am delighted to have the armband back on and it is a good feeling.”
-Gary Cahill; source: FourFourTwo
Whether this is the final season or perhaps even final few months of Cahill’s Chelsea career, here’s to feeling good all the time, and winning all the trophies!