Gary Cahill has noted that the criticism he has received recently worries him, although he believes he has been a massive success at Chelsea and will continue to fight.
Cahill joined Chelsea from Bolton Wanderers for £7 million in January 2012 and has proceeded to win 6 major trophies with the club since his arrival at Stamford Bridge.
The Englishman has found himself out of favor at times this season, having been left out of the starting eleven for many big fixtures by Antonio Conte, with Chelsea’s UCL games against Barcelona inclusive.
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“The majority of Chelsea fans have been unbelievable to me, but there is maybe an element of five percent always thinking ‘get the next best thing in’ or ‘move him on’,” Cahill said in an interview with the Telegraph.
“I can feel that in a certain percentage. It always seems to be that when someone is signed, it’s ‘oh Cahill’s on his way’. I’ve had that for as long as I can remember being at this club.
“Last year, John Terry was captain off the pitch but I was captain the majority of the time on the pitch and yet I’m hearing ‘Cahill might be fighting for his place’.
“We smashed records last year, up until now with Manchester City breaking them, I captained the team, won the title again for the second time, got to an FA Cup final, and you are still hearing you are in trouble.
“It sometimes annoys me, but the reality is I was in no trouble because the club showed faith in me and we went on to dominate the League.”
Meanwhile, Cahill appears to have regained his place in Conte’s starting 11 recently, after starting Chelsea’s last five fixtures in all competitions. Cahill has been at Chelsea and seen players come and go, all the while, staying relevant to the side for the past six years. He expressed the belief that despite some of his absences in the course of the season, he has been, and hopes to continue being a massive success in West London.
“To come for £7m, bought to be a squad player, to go on and win two Premier Leagues and team of the year three out of the last four, and then get the armband, for that money. Does that happen? People go for £30m, £40m, £50m at this moment in time and don’t make the level at the club they are at, leave after a season and nothing is spoken about.
“When you break that down, whether you like me or not, you can’t say that’s not massive success and I’m still hungry to have more.”