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Chelsea skipper Gary Cahill has been kept on the bench for most part of the season, and the 32-year-old has even failed to make the matchday squad for most games.

However, Cahill featured for the first time this season in Chelsea’s 2-1 Carabao Cup victory over Liverpool on Wednesday night at Anfield, and he had a very good game.

Maurizio Sarri has revealed that he was impressed with Cahill’s performance on the night and that the experienced centre-back is important to him.

Sarri said: “I have spoken with him but there is October, November, December, so he has to wait. I repeat, I was really very happy with the performance of Cahill [on Wednesday].

“Gary is very useful for me now. January is far from now, so we will see.”

Cahill also revealed he’s happy with the performance of Cesc Fabregas. He said: “I was very happy with the performance of Fabregas and Cahill. They played for 90 minutes after a long time out.

“I don’t know if they are ready to play twice for 90 minutes in a week. I am sure they will be very useful for us during the season.”

After failing to play in the Europa League clash against PAOK, Cahill revealed that he’s considering his future at Stamford Bridge and could leave the club in January.

“I don’t want to jump the gun but as things stand at this time, probably, yes [I might have to leave in January],” Cahill said.

“Whatever my future holds, in terms of the club, and the relationship I have with the club and the fans, it will have been a huge part of my footballing life. I’ve got maximum respect for everybody here.

“I realise that sometimes you have to make tough decisions and football doesn’t wait for people.

“Sometimes you have to make those decisions to keep going and progressing.

“First of all the team’s doing well which is the most important thing. Having been a big part of things for six years, seven years and played a huge part, not just a squad player, I’m definitely finding it difficult this year to deal with that situation.”

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