Cahill: Most important thing is the team but I've got to look at the future.

In the modern game people are all too quick these days to label their favourite players as legends in my view. The term is banded about l...

In the modern game people are all too quick these days to label their favourite players as legends in my view. The term is banded about loosely in my view whereas there are those who deserve to be held in such high regard by the supporters - Gary Cahill is one of those players. 

To quote Wikipedia:

"In January 2012, Cahill signed for Chelsea for approximately £7 million. He won the UEFA Champions League in his debut season at Chelsea, and has gone on to win the UEFA Europa League, the Premier League twice, the FA Cup and the League Cup."

Gary Cahill banner alongside another Legend at the Bridge - Didier Drogba
Gary Cahill signed for just £7m and look what he has helped our club achieve. There is no greater compliment that we can give the centre-half than to remind everyone of the Champions League Final against Bayern Munich. Playing alongside David Luiz in a team ravaged by injuries and suspensions, the two of them recovering from their own injury problems, both had hardly trained at all in the build up to the final but took their place on that pitch, played 120 minutes to help the club achieve their dream.

People slate Cahill in recent times for his use of the ball but that's not the strongest part of his game. I like to think of Cahill as one of the old-school when it comes to defenders. You think of the likes of Jamie Carragher at Liverpool, Terry Butcher back in the day, Tony Adams at Arsenal and of course the best there ever was - John Terry and all are made of the same steel, the same strength, the same determination to protect, to defend and to give everything for their team.

Cahill has made so many important blocks, so many important tackles (Europa League Final late on against Benfica being one of the best) and has thrown his body on the line on numerous occasions. You will not see that from Rio Ferdinand, you will not see it from Virgil Dan Dijk but you will of Gary Cahill.

Unfortunately, since the arrival of Maurizio Sarri this summer, at the age of 32, Gary Cahill has found his time on the pitch limited to just one single substitute appearance on Sunday against West Ham. He hasn't started a single game including the Europa League game last Thursday as Andreas Christensen was selected ahead of him. He has spent most of the season so far on the bench.

Speaking of the current situation ahead of the West Ham game, Cahill said:

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

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, it will have been a huge part of my footballing life. I've got maximum respect for everybody here.

First of all, the team's doing well which is the most important thing. Having been a big part of things for six or seven years and played a huge part, I'm definitely finding it difficult this year to deal with that situation.

I haven't spoken to the manager [about it] yet. I think we will speak soon, just to see where everything is and how the land lies.

The most important thing here is the team, but I've got to look at my situation and my future as well. When you're winning games you have to sit tight and suck it up and deal with it. For me to do this all season is going to be very difficult.

Everything gradually comes to an end. 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.” - Source:

It's my view that Gary Cahill can literally do what he wants because he has earned the right here at Chelsea. You look for players when they join our club to make an impact to the point that when they leave they will always be remembered for how they conducted themselves, what they gave to the team and hopefully the role they played in our success.

Gary Cahill has literally won it all and for me is a Chelsea Legend.

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