Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has revealed that he’s spoken to caretaker manager Guus Hiddink about the possibility of starting more matches.
Cahill has barely featured under Hiddink with the Dutch boss preferring a centre-back pairing of Kurt Zouma and John Terry.
But Cahill, who signed a four-year contract on December, spoke to Hiddink about the lack of first-team football and insists he is still happy at Stamford Bridge.
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“It was a good conversation, he was very approachable. I thought it was beneficial, very positive. I think from all that stuff that came out, obviously I want to be at the club, I signed a four-year contract a couple of months ago,” he said.
“That shows I want to be here, I am settled here, have had a lot of success here and my family is settled here but ultimately I feel I need to play football matches.”
Cahill has started just one Premier League match under Hiddink - the 2-2 draw at home to Watford on Boxing Day - although he has played 90 minutes in the FA Cup ties against Scunthorpe and MK Dons.
However, England’s vice-captain, insists that he isn’t satisfied sitting on the bench and he believes that it’s very important that he plays as much as possible during this stage in his career.
“I have always been that way. It has always been in my make up to play a high percentage of games. I realise that sometimes things go well and sometimes they don't. But it is very important for me I feel personally, even selfishly, the need to be playing football matches,” the 30-year-old said.
“You will never change me. I think it is a positive thing. You get people criticising people who are happy to sit on the bench, picking up money.
“That's certainly not me, I want to be out there and being a big part of things if I possibly can, realising that everyone else is playing well as well.
Cahill continued: “It is a little selfish side that in my career I have played a vast amount of games which has got me where I am now and I want to continue on that same vein, that same path, it is very important for a lot of reasons.”
Cahill will want to earn a regular starting spot for Chelsea ahead of England’s Euro 2016 campaign this summer. Cahill, who has earned 40 caps for his country faces stiff competition with Chris Smalling and John Stones impressing for Manchester United and Everton respectively in the centre-back position.
The Blues signed Cahill from Bolton Wanderers for a fee believed to be in the region of £7 million and in recent years formed a formidable partnership with Terry.
However, he has only made 10 appearances in the Premier League this season as both former manager Jose Mourinho and Hiddink favoured a pairing of Zouma and Terry.