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06-05-2019 | 11:53 Football

Maurizio Sarri responds to Gary Cahill after Chelsea defender accuses him of lacking respect

After being criticized by Gary Cahill, Maurizio Sarri refused to be drawn into a war of word and instead praised the veteran defender for his performance Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Watford. Earlier Cahill criticized him for not respecting his achievements and admitted it has been a ‘terrible’ time for him. "I see some of the situations with players who won the title with Chelsea, not just myself, and it just hasn’t been right," Cahill said. "It makes it very hard for me to have respect for someone who has not respected what some of us have won with the club." After the game, Sarri all but confirmed that Cahill’s late cameo off the bench would be his final appearance for the club with his contract set to expire at the end of June, saying it is time for him to say goodbye. When asked about Cahill’s comments, Sarri replied: "I do not know the situation. During the season he was very professional, he played only five six times but he was important in the training ground and in the dressing room. Today was the last match and it was important for him to stay on the pitch but it was important for the fans and him. Here Gary won everything, so I think he has to say goodbye." Cahill joined Chelsea for just £7m from Bolton Wanderers in January 2012 and has made 290 appearances in that time winning seven major honours.

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