Cahill's grit and character could benefit Chelsea

Cahill's grit and character could benefit Chelsea

With Champions League qualification unlikely this season there could be a number of high-profile exits at Stamford Bridge this summer.

It is that sort of pedigree that makes the 32-year-old an obvious pick for Southgate in Russian Federation, according to Conte, who led Italy to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016.

The 31-year-old last played in their shocking 4-1 loss at Premier League side Watford (February 20). He's in good physical condition.

Suspension and a dip in form followed which culminated in Cahill being dropped in favour emerging young talent Andreas Christensen, whom Conte would go on to describe as Chelsea's present, future and a potential captain of the club.

"We are talking about an important player for Chelsea".

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"It wasn't simple replacing John Terry because we are talking about a great leader", he explained. I think Gary developed a lot this year'. I'm sure that the coach will take the best decision for the national team.

"I think he is still the man but it doesn't come down to me".

Chelsea FC are in fifth place in the Premier League table and 27 points adrift of champions Manchester City despite winning the title with two games to spare last term.

The Evening Standard believe he will get his marching orders shortly after the FA Cup final, whether Chelsea win or lose the game against Manchester United. He may be in the twilight of his career at the Bridge and indeed on the worldwide stage, but his experience and the motivation for one last hurrah for club and country could make him a serious asset to Conte as he bids to salvage something memorable from Chelsea's otherwise disappointing season.

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