Galatasaray rival Aston Villa for veteran defender Gary Cahill

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Aston Villa face additional competition in the market for Chelsea defender Gary Cahill from Galatasaray, according to Fotomac.

What’s the word?

Facing a fight to earn regular playing time at Chelsea and seeing his contract expire at the end of the season, Gary Cahill’s future looks set to lie away from Stamford Bridge and a number of clubs are keen on the 32-year-old.

Aston Villa are widely reported to be keen on bringing the defender back to Villa Park, where he left in 2008 to join Bolton, but face a battle for his services from clubs across England and Europe – and their chances look rather slim.

Turkish outlet Fotomac states Galatasaray are expressing an interest in the 61-cap England international and their offer of Champions League football could prove to be decisive for a player who still believes he can perform at the highest level.

What should Villa do?

The current situation does not seem promising for Villa, who want Gary Cahill to fill the void left by John Terry’s departure over the summer, as the 32-year-old is not keen on dropping down to the Championship – so a January move appears to be off the cards.

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Villa’s best hope of signing Cahill is for the defender to remain at Chelsea until the end of the season, when he will then become available for a free if the Blues do not offer him an extended deal.

However, given Cahill’s demands, they must secure a return to the Premier League to have any chance of bringing the childhood Villa fan back to the club but advances should be made in the New Year to start preparations for a deal.