Jose Mourinho has put Gary Cahill’s Chelsea future in doubt by claiming that the centre-back is currently his third choice player in his preferred position.
The England international was a key member of the Blues’ first-team last season under interim manager Rafael Benitez, but has seen his role within the team diluted this term.
Mourinho sees John Terry as his defensive lynchpin and feels that he has a strong partnership with Brazilian ace David Luiz.
When asked about Cahill’s future with club and country, ‘The Special One’ said:
“I don’t enjoy leaving good professionals on the bench, but that’s life,” he told The Metro.
“I trust Gary. I want to help him, not make his life difficult.
“I would never do something that could jeopardise his selection for the national team. But at this moment John and David are playing well and giving stability.
“The most important thing is Chelsea. The second thing is the players. The third thing is the national team. That has to be my ranking.”
This news may alert London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham, who have both been linked with the 27-year-old in the past.
Cahill is thought to be desperate to play regularly for the rest of the season in a bid to book a spot on Roy Hodgson’s England squad ahead of the 2014 World Cup.
If first-team action at Chelsea is uncertain in January, a Stamford Bridge exit may appeal to the former Bolton man.
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