Cahill is staying at Chelsea, says Hiddink

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Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink insists defender Gary Cahill still has an important role at the club despite stories that a lack of matches has left the England international unsettled.

Cahill is staying at Chelsea, says Hiddink

COBHAM, NEAR LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (JANUARY 29, 2016) (ITN – SEE RESTRICTIONS)

1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHELSEA INTERIM MANAGER GUUS HIDDINK, SPEAKING ABOUT DEFENDER GARY CAHILL, SAYING:

“He is of big value and he will prove that in the upcoming time as well. Of course if players are not playing frequently then they must get a bit frustrated and I talked to him a few days ago about his situation which I like to do always with my key players, which he is also, he is not to be considered as second tier, but he is of big importance and will be.”

COBHAM, NEAR LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (FILE SEPTEMBER 2015) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

2. GARY CAHILL (RIGHT) TRAINING WITH CHELSEA, CAPTAIN JOHN TERRY (LEFT)

COBHAM, NEAR LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (JANUARY 29, 2016) (ITN – SEE RESTRICTIONS)

3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHELSEA INTERIM MANAGER GUUS HIDDINK, SPEAKING ABOUT CAHILL, SAYING:

“Recently he renewed his contract which is a signal that he loves the club, he likes to be here and some pleayers sometimes they have a little bit of a period when they don’t play frequently but in the multitude of games everyone will get his minutes to play, his games to play.”

STORY: England defender Gary Cahill is a key player for Chelsea and will be staying despite his frustration at a lack of starts for the Premier League champions this season, interim manager Guus Hiddink said on Friday.

“He is of big value and I will prove that in the upcoming time,” the Dutchman, who took over from the sacked Jose Mourinho last month, told reporters ahead of an FA Cup fourth-round match at second tier MK Dons on Sunday.

“Of course players who aren’t playing frequently, they must get frustrated,” added Hiddink. “I spoke to him days ago about the situation, which I always like to do with key players.

“Recently he signed a new contract, which is a signal he loves the club and likes to be here. Sometimes players have a little period where they don’t play frequently … but everyone will get their minutes to play.”

A source close to the player told Reuters this week that the 30-year-old feared he might miss out on this year’s European Championship if he was not playing more regularly.

The frustration was such that the player, who signed a new four-year contract in December, felt he might have to leave.

The England vice-captain has played more than 170 games for Chelsea but has made only 12 league appearances this season as Kurt Zouma and John Terry have become preferred starters.

A mainstay of England’s march to Euro 2016, Cahill has played just twice since Hiddink took charge.

Chelsea are 13th in the league, 19 points adrift of leaders Leicester City, but still fighting in the Champions League — with Paris St Germain standing between them and a place in the last eight — and FA Cup.

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