Maurizio Sarri shows faith in Gary Cahill by appointing him Chelsea captain

Maurizio Sarri shows faith in Gary Cahill by appointing him Chelsea captain

While several bookmakers raised high odds on the chances of Moses moving to Old Trafford, latest reports indicate that the former Super Eagles star, who is under contract with Chelsea until June 2021, is now wanted by Palace in the winter transfer market.

At some point, Cesar Azpilicueta has played the role of the leader of the team on a temporary basis while he weighed up his options.

Sarri also confirmed France striker Olivier Giroud has been unable to recover in time for Sunday's home match against Palace.

Cahill has previously admitted he could have to leave Chelsea for regular first-team football, but manager Sarri has endorsed his Blues future by reappointing him as skipper.

"As we have seen in the last matches, the captain is Cahill, like in the last match", said Sarri.

Cahill took the armband from John Terry when the now-Aston Villa assistant manager left Chelsea in 2017, having already captained the side for the majority of the 2016/17 season as Terry was phased out.

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"When he isn't on the pitch our captain is Azpilicueta".

Whilst Sarri's press conference was going on, Chelsea's official Twitter account was feeding live updates to their followers, and it's safe to say their tweet about Cahill being captain caused quite a stir.

Maurizio Sarri has suggested he will not ask Chelsea to make any signings during the upcoming January transfer window.

'The situation is risky, ' Sarri said. "At the moment Jason Puncheon is very much part of our plans, the way we play and he's very disappointed tonight because in the previous two rounds we've done really well and won and tonight we missed an opportunity by not being able to win this game".

Cahill has only featured five times for Chelsea so far this season, twice in the EFL, twice in the Europa League and once in the Premier League. It depends on him and the club. "I have to send the message to my players that the match is the only thing that is important".

The injury restricted him to just a handful of appearances, but under the guidance of new Blues boss Maurizio Sarri, is rather surprisingly developing into a crucial player.