Defender Gary Cahill says he will ask Chelsea for a January move if his first-team exile continues. The centre-half, who will turn 33 in December, is out of contract at the end of the season and is yet to play a minute under head coach Maurizio Sarri, who was appointed in July.
Cahill, captain under Sarri’s predecessor Antonio Conte, hopes the Chelsea hierarchy permits him to make a move in the manner goalkeeper Petr Cech was allowed to leave for Arsenal in June 2015 after falling behind Thibaut Courtois.
Cahill said: “I don’t want to jump the gun, but as things stand at this time, probably, yes (I’ll have to leave in January).
“For me to do this all season is going to be very difficult.
“I realise sometimes football doesn’t wait for people. Sometimes you have to make those decisions to keep going and progressing.
“Obviously the most important thing is the club. But I have to look at my situation. I have to take charge of my own future.
“And if I’m sat doing what I’m doing at this moment in time, I just hope that the club will respect that when it comes to the time.
“Everything gradually comes to an end or there’s a new challenge around the corner. I’m proud of my career, of what I’ve done here and what I’ve achieved in such a short space of time.”