Cape Town - Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri admits Gary
Cahill could leave Stamford Bridge next month as he lacks the technical ability
to fit into the Italian's plans.
The 32-year-old centre-back finds himself out of favour
under Sarri, who has relied heavily on Antonio Rudiger and David Luiz during
the first six months of his tenure in west London.
Cahill has made just one appearance in the Premier League
this season, as a substitute against West Ham on September 23, and his Blues
career could be coming to an end as he approaches the final six months of his
The England international has been linked with a move to
city rivals Arsenal in the New Year, with Sarri acknowledging he may be better
served by searching for regular game time elsewhere.
"I respect him very much because he has won everything
with this club," the 59-year-old said. "I have to do my job. Every
match, I have to choose. For me, he is not able to [be] on the bench.
"Maybe he is the best in the box, but our defenders may
play 100 or 110 balls in a match, so I need very technical defenders."
Commenting on the exit rumours, Sarri added: "It is not
my decision, but it is up to him and the club.
"He is in the last year of the contract. He has to
decide for a new contract here or another club.
"For the over-30 [players] the club usually offers only
one-year contracts. If he has an offer of three years, he can of course choose
something [a transfer away from Chelsea]. It doesn't depend if I am sentimental