Chelsea defender Gary Cahill is not considering his future at the Premier League champions, despite reports of him being unsettled at his lack of first-team appearances. The 30-year-old has made just one Premier League appearance since Guus Hiddink was installed as interim coach in December, with Kurt Zouma preferred ahead of the England centre-back.
Reuters understands that such are Cahill's concerns over his lack of opportunities that he was ready to leave the club in order to cement his place in England's squad for the upcoming European Championships. Cahill was said to be hopeful of securing his exit before the transfer window closes on 1 February, however he would remain open to leaving Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.
Hiddink, who saw Ramires leaves for China's Jiangsu Suning this week, has staged talks with Cahill over his future at Chelsea but has no concerns over the player attempting to work his way out of the club in the coming days. Cahill signed a new four-year deal in December and the Dutchman is convinced he wants to stay.
Asked whether Cahill's lack of appearances may hurt his international chances, Hiddink told reporters: "Not with his chances of not being at the Euros. Because he is of big value and he will prove that in the upcoming time. Of course if players are not playing frequently then they must get a bit frustrated.
"I talked to him a few days ago about the situation, which I like to do always with the key players –which he is – and he is not to be considered as second choice but he is of big importance and will be around the upcoming games.
"He was very open that he wants to stay at this club and there was not a single part of him that said he is not happy. He is very happy here, but of course not playing gives you a bit of frustration. He never gives up and that will be remembered, so there were no signs that he wants to leave whatsoever.
"He is very happy and he is valuable and as far as I am concerned he will be here for the coming years. He signed a new contract recently. which is a signal that he loves the club and wants to be here. Sometimes players have a period where they don't play, but every one will get their moment."
The future of striker Loic Remy is less certain though, after Hiddink indicated that he may be prepared to allow the France international to leave Chelsea. Remy has made just one start this season for the Blues and has been linked with a move to Newcastle United, according to The Mirror.
Remy will miss the FA Cup fourth round trip to Championship side Milton Keynes Dons with a calf problem and Hiddink is unsure over his long-term prospects. "He is injured at the moment on his calf and we will see what happened in the next couple of days [in the transfer window]. Being injured does not have any influence on staying or going but we will see what will happen in the coming days."
One deal that will not be completed before the January window is Juan Cuadrado's permanent move to Juventus. The Colombia international is with the Serie A champions on a season-long loan and sporting director Giuseppe Marotta is keen to tie the Chelsea player down to a permanent contract.
But Hiddink said: "That is not in this moment we will see what will happen. That is for the upcoming months and we will see what the club's strategy is over the next season."