CHELSEA star Gary Cahill might have snubbed Fulham because he reckons Maurizio Sarri is on thin ice.
That’s according to former Premier League full-back Stephen Warnock who says the veteran defender is playing the long game.
Cahill was widely expected to move to Craven Cottage during the transfer window.
However, a transfer failed materialise despite interest from Chelsea’s west London rivals.
Warnock told 5Live: “The players are coming out now and challenging Sarri whereas they didn’t challenge Pep, they agreed with everything Pep said because they knew it was the right thing to do.
“Now with Sarri, when we go back to the Gary Cahill incident at this moment in time, he must be sat there thinking, ‘I’m not going because I’m getting a sense of something in this changing room that the players are not having this.’
Ian Denis added: “Cahill rejected an opportunity to go to Fulham so Cahill is going to be staying at Stamford Bridge then he’ll asses his option in the summer.”
Maurizio Sarri has previously admitted that Cahill can’t expect much game time under him.
“I respect him very much because he has won everything with this club, but then I have to do my job,” he explained.
“Every match I have to choose.
“For me it is not [possible] to have him on the bench.
“Maybe he is the best [of our defenders] in the box, but our defenders may play 100 or 110 balls in a match so I need defenders [to play] very technically.
“It is not my decision, it is up to him and the club [whether he stays].
“He is in the last year of the contract, he has to decide for a new contract here or another club.
“For the [players] over 30 the club usually offers only one year of contract.
“If he has an offer of three years [somewhere else] he can of course choose something.
“It doesn’t depend if I am sentimental or not.”
Chelsea battered Huddersfield 5-0 at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.
Eden Hazard bagged a brace with the playmaker putting in a virtuoso display.
New boy Gonzalo Higuain also bagged two.
The result leaves Chelsea 11 points off pace setters Liverpool.