Chelsea are expected to follow up their confirmation of Thibaut Courtois’ new deal at Stamford Bridge by handing another contract to Gary Cahill.
This information comes courtesy of the Evening Standard, who claim that the England international is ready to pledge his long-term future to Stamford Bridge and become the latest Chelsea star to ensure that his status is secure.
Courtois put pen to paper on a five-year contract having all but ousted Petr Cech from the No.1 spot in Jose Mourinho’s side, only a week or so after Cesar Azpilicueta ended speculation over his commitment by doing the same. And now it would seem Cahill will follow suit, and the Blues look to sure up their defence ahead of what is undoubtedly going to be a period of transition.
Cahill at Chelsea
The experienced centre-half has been a commanding figure in the heart of Chelsea’s back line since joining from Bolton Wanderers in 2012. A rock-solid partnership with John Terry has allowed Cahill a healthy status with the fans, and over the past two seasons he’s been one of the Blues’ most consistent performers.
As such the 28-year-old has become one of the most senior heads at Stamford Bridge and, with the likes of Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard having departed in the summer, his influence is more important than ever.
That point is made all the more pertinent by the fact that his defensive partner is sitting firmly in the twilight of his career now. Terry’s years as a Chelsea servant have been long and prosperous but he’s now 33, and Mourinho would be a fool not to be looking to the future and wondering who is going to fill his big boots.
France youngster Kurt Zouma has been drafted in as a player for the future but he’s not yet ready to take up Terry’s mantle, and so Cahill could well find himself leading the back line sooner rather than later.
A number of other centre-backs have been linked with moves to west London in recent times, but it’s safe to assume that they’ll arrive with Mourinho intending to partner them with Cahill, not use them to replace him.
Real Madrid youngster Raphael Varane finds himself named in connection with a switch to Stamford Bridge more often than his owners would like and ex-AS Roma star Mehdi Benatia was a target for Mourinho prior to completing his move to Bayern Munich.