England and Chelsea centre-back Gary Cahill is reported to be looking for a move away from Stamford Bridge after a lack of opportunities in the first team.
The 30-year-old fears he might lose his international place at the Euros in France in 2016 if he doesn’t regain his place in the Chelsea team.
Cahill has played more than 170 games for the Premier League champions, but has made only 12 appearances in the starting 11 this season, struggling to break up the first choice partnership of Kurt Zouma and John Terry.
The defender, who was virtually a permanent fixture under Jose Mourinho, has lost his place since Guus Hiddink took over. Cahill made 10 starts for Mourinho, but just two since Hiddink became manager in December.
One of Cahill’s starts for Hiddink came in the FA Cup, in the Blues’ 2-0 win over Scunthorpe in the third round.
A source close to the player, who signed from Bolton for £7 million in 2012, told Reuters that the lack of playing time is leading him to question his future.
A move in the January transfer window may be unlikely, as Cahill may not have time to force a move through and leave Chelsea time to find a squad replacement, but the defender could leave in the summer.
Cahill has remained a mainstay for England, captaining his country for the first time in a 2-0 victory over Estonia at Wembley in October. He picked up his 40th cap a month later against France in Wembley, but the emergence of John Stones at Everton and Manchester United’s Chris Smalling as a viable pairing has Cahill concerned.
In May, Cahill completed winning all five possible major club trophies. He took just three years to clinch winners’ medals in the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup, Europa League and League Cup.
Loaded sports writer Pearse Corcoran has covered news, sport and entertainment for several national newspapers and radio stations in Ireland. Follow him on Twitter at @PearseCorcoran