Chelsea defender Gary Cahill wants more game time

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Chelsea defender Gary Cahill admits he is desperate to play more first-team football, after dropping down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge this season.

The England international has started 11 of the Blues 23 Premier League matches so far this campaign, but he has not featured in the top flight since the Boxing Day draw with Watford.

The 30-year-old has been involved in both of Chelsea’s matches in the FA Cup during January, but he insists he is not the kind of player who is satisfied with playing a bit-part role.

Cahill said: “It has always been in my make-up to play a high percentage of games. I realise that sometimes things go well and sometimes they don’t. But it is very important for me I feel personally, even selfishly, the need to be playing football matches.”

The former Bolton player only signed a new four-year contract at Stamford Bridge in December, and he insists he is happy at the club, but determined to play more first-team football.

He continued: “It’s all about me playing for Chelsea. The bottom line is that I am very happy here, and I extended my contract for those reasons. My family and everything is settled here, I’ve had loads of success.”

Cahill will be hoping to be involved when the Blues take on Watford once again in the League on Wednesday, as Guus Hiddink’s side aim to extend their unbeaten run to ten matches in all competitions.

Chelsea are available at 2.00 to secure all three points at Vicarage Road, whilst the Hornets are on offer at 4.00 and the draw is priced at 3.30.

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