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Chelsea are to reward their captain, Gary Cahill, for six years of fine service with a loan in January to secure more regular first-team football in a move which will effectively bring the curtain down on his career at Stamford Bridge.
Cahill is out of contract at the end of the season and will leave on a free transfer, but Chelsea will take the unusual step of letting him go on loan before then in the next transfer window.
Chelsea normally insist all players sign new contracts before being allowed to leave on loan, but the club are willing to make an exception for Cahill because of his achievements.
The former England centre-half joined Chelsea in January 2012 from Bolton Wanderers, Cahill has won the Champions League, the Europa League, two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and the League Cup with the Blues – making him one of the most successful players in the club’s history.
The report also claims that Jose Mourinho is ready to make a move to bring the centre-back to Manchester United.
Southampton, West Ham, Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday are also interested in Cahill, who is in his eighth season at Chelsea.
The 32-year-old has already admitted this season that he hopes Chelsea will grant him a transfer if he continues to be left out of the team by Sarri.
‘Obviously the most important thing is the club, but I have to look at my situation,’ Cahill said in September.
‘And if I’m sat doing what I’m doing at this moment in time, I just hope that the club will respect that when it comes to the time.