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Gary Cahill revealed last week that he hopes to leave Chelsea in January after growing frustrated over a lack of playing time under Maurizio Sarri.

Cahill made his first appearance of the season at West Ham, replacing the injured Antonio Rudiger.

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has urged Cahill to see out his Chelsea contract and leave at the end of the season. Giroud believes Cahill still has an important role to play at Chelsea.

Giroud said, according to Evening Standard: “I think his heart is still in Chelsea and hopefully we will keep him because we need him. He needs to be happy, that is the main thing, but I hope he stays because he is important for us.

“He is a very good player. He’s been at Chelsea for six years, he is one of the faces of Chelsea and one of our captains. We need him.”

Giroud also admitted he sympathizes with Cahill as no player likes being left out of the team.

Giroud added: “We have a lot of good players who can play in the starting XI. The problem is we have four-five centre backs and the coach made his choice.

“Gary is not in a good position because it is quite tough for him, he doesn’t play so much. I understand that he wants to play more. At one stage I was the same and I didn’t like that. As players, we are happy when we are on the pitch. “

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