Chelsea veteran Gary Cahill has performed a U-turn and decided to stay at the club until the end of the season, according to reports.

It appears as though the 32-year-old is not part of Maurizio Sarri’s first-team plans and has no future at Stamford Bridge. Since the start of the season, he has appeared just once in the top flight, with Antonio Rudiger and David Luiz appearing to have firmly established themselves as Sarri’s first-choice defensive options.

The former England international had previously stated a month ago that he would look to exit the club in January should he continue to sit on the sidelines, but it now appears that he is prepared to spend the entire season at the Bridge in order to fight for another Premier League title.

Cahill has been part of the Blues’ first team since 2012 after arriving from Bolton Wanderers. He has enjoyed a successful tenure with the club and helped his side to win the Champions League in 2012, two Premier League titles one FA Cup and one Europa League title.

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While Cahill may be past his peak, he still has a lot to offer the game and will not be short of offers once he eventually leaves Chelsea. He has been linked with a move to a number of mid-table Premier League sides as well as to Sheffield Wednesday, whom he continues to support.

Cahill made his debut for England in 2010 and has gone to represent the Three Lions 61 times and score five goals. He was most recently part of Gareth Southgate’s 23-man World Cup squad but his international career now looks to be all but over as Southgate looks to integrate younger talent into his plans going forward.