Gary Cahill’s hesitation over prospective Chelsea contract is extraordinary
Some of you will remember a situation a few years ago between Liverpool and Lee Bowyer. Back when he was still good, Bowyer was targeted by the Merseyside club and was on the verge of a move to Anfield. Unfortunately, the player dallied so long over the personal terms offered to him, that Liverpool eventually retracted their offer - the logic being that if his decision was predicated so heavily on financials, then he obviously didn’t want to play for the club enough.
The same series of events looks to be repeating itself with Gary Cahill and Chelsea.
This is a 26-year-old player approaching his prime, who’s being given an opportunity to play his football - and enhance his international credentials - at one of the biggest clubs on the continent. Frankly, whatever Chelsea were offering should have been enough for the player to snap their hand off.
Since when did the difference between £80,000 and £100,000 override ambition? This is Chelsea and this is Gary Cahill, the player needs to be more aware of how little bargaining power he has in this situation - if the desire to play for the club isn’t there, then Chelsea should treat this as a red flag. There are plenty more centre-halves of Cahill’s ability elsewhere.
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