Chelsea trio Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill will leave the squad after their first of two matches against Manchester City in the United States to report back to London for international duty.
Cahill, 27, confirmed:
“We will train for the next couple of days and will be involved in the game on Thursday and then fly back on Friday.”
Chelsea have already played a whopping 69 games this season and it’s been a long season for the players, with the likes of Cahill having three matches remaining as he’ll likely feature on Thursday against City (1.30am UK time) as well as representing the Three Lions in the friendlies against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil.
“It’s not stopped yet.
“I finish totally on June 3 I think. I’m looking forward to the internationals because I missed the last ones with injury, but then looking forward to a rest at the end of what’s been a long season.”
Rafael Benitez’s last game in charge of the Blues will be in the States on Saturday for the second match against the Citizens and Cahill is one of the many players in the squad to say how much he would like to work with Jose Mourinho, who is expected to take charge and there’s little room for doubt at this stage of proceedings as he successfully negotiated his release from Real Madrid already. The Portuguese boss is now free to discuss his next move, likely there’s an agreement already, and things should be made official fairly soon.
On Mourinho, Cahill said:
“I know that he is held in high esteem here, the lads speak highly of him, everyone speaks highly of him, so he must have something about him.
“Any player would relish working under somebody like that and look forward to it. If it is that, we don’t know, but I’m sure every player would like to work under somebody like that.”