Former Chelsea defender takes cheeky dig at old boss Maurizio Sarri

Former Chelsea captain Gary Cahill has joked that he wishes Frank Lampard was in charge of the Blues last season – thus taking a dig at Maurizio Sarri.

Cahill played a starring role in plenty of Chelsea’s success since the turn of the decade, but was evidently not to the taste of Sarri, who wanted a defender capable of passing the ball out of the back.

He was subsequently frozen out, with very little prospect of forcing his way into the Italian’s thinking. Cahill had no choice but to leave, rather than penning a contract extension in the summer.

Cahill and Sarri are part of each others’ pasts now, but that hasn’t stopped the now Crystal Palace centre-back from having a cheeky dig at the Italian, as he has during an interview with talkSPORT:

“It’s a shame he [Lampard] wasn’t in last year when I was there.

No, I’m only joking. It would have been very interesting to work under him, especially when you’ve play with him and know what he’s like, it would have been an experience I would have relished.”

In all honesty, it’s difficult to envisage Lampard keeping Cahill in the defence, either. Especially considering he parted with David Luiz to focus on our younger defenders!