Reports claim defender Gary Cahill will look for a way out of Chelsea in January if he does not see more game time before the new year.
The 32-year-old has been a stalwart of the Blues’ rearguard since 2011, making 282 appearances in all competitions and scoring 25 goals along the way.
The former Bolton Wanderers stopper was also capped 61 times by England before calling time on his international career last week.
Cahill has told Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate that he would never refuse the call in a crisis but it seems likely that he has pulled on an England shirt for the last time.
Players tend to hang up their international boots in their early 30s in order to lengthen their club career, but Cahill’s current status means he is not playing any football after seemingly falling down the Stamford Bridge pecking order under new boss Maurizio Sarri.
It does not seem to have done the west Londoners any harm as they have won all four of their top-flight games to date to sit second in the standings, and they can be backed at 10.00 to win the Premier League title.
Whether Cahill is in the ranks next May is open to debate as The Sun are reporting that he will look for a winter move if nothing changes and he is forced to warm the bench over the next three months.
With Brazil’s David Luiz now back in favour, it may be tough for the former Aston Villa man to force his way back in to the fold.
Chelsea will face Cardiff City on September 15 after the international break and are 1.18 to win, with the Bluebirds on offer at 15.00 – but will Cahill be in the starting XI?