Chelsea defender Gary Cahill admits his time with the Blues might come to a close in January.
With Maurizio Sarri preferring Rudiger, David Luiz and Christensen to him, the 32-year-old says he’d speak with the manager and make a decision afterwards.
“I realise that sometimes you have to make tough decisions and football doesn’t wait for people,” Cahill said, according to Mirror.
“I don’t want to jump the gun but as things stand at this time, probably, yes [I might have to leave in January]. Whatever my future holds, in terms of the club, it will have been a huge part of my footballing life. I’ve got maximum respect for everybody here.
Cahill is yet to start a game for Chelsea this season and although he understands that the team comes first, he stressed how difficult not playing has been for him.
“First of all, the team’s doing well which is the most important thing,” Cahill added. “Having been a big part of things for six or seven years and played a huge part, I’m definitely finding it difficult this year to deal with that situation.
“I haven’t spoken to the manager [about it] yet. I think we will speak soon, just to see where everything is and how the land lies.
“The most important thing here is the team, but I’ve got to look at my situation and my future as well. When you’re winning games you have to sit tight and suck it up and deal with it. For me to do this all season is going to be very difficult.
“Everything gradually comes to an end. I’ve always been hungry to play football. I’m not a guy who is willing to accept not playing. It’s all about playing. Your career’s short enough as it is.”
There are rumoured interest from Watford and former club Aston Villa for the ex-England international.