Cahill says he can still be regarded as one of Chelsea's greats

Cahill says he can still be regarded as one of Chelsea's greats

- Gary Cahill believes his is still a success at Chelsea despite huge criticisms

- The Chelsea defender has been out of favour in Antonio Conte's squad

- The center-back will be hoping to play for England in the summer's World Cup

Chelsea central defender Gary Cahill has hit out at his critics insisting his achievements at Stamford Bridge mean he has to be viewed as a success.

Cahill has been dropped by Antonio Conte's squad but has found his way back to the side in recent weeks and he believes people are too quick to write him off.

He told The Express: "Last year, John (Terry) was captain off the pitch but I was captain the majority of the time on it. I'm hearing 'Cahill might be fighting for his place', yet we smashed records last year. It annoys me.

"Maybe it's the way my career has gone. You always try to prove yourself. The majority of Chelsea fans have been unbelievable, but there is maybe five per cent always thinking, 'Get the next best thing in'. I feel that.

"But then I think, 'I came to the club for £7m.' I can remember how determined I was. I'm sure the club bought me to be a squad player then. But if I retire tomorrow I would be proud of what I have done here.

"Players go for £30m and don't make the level. Whether you like me or not as a player, you can't say that's not success."

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The 32-year-old was promoted to become the club's permanent captain when Terry left the club last summer, but that did not stop Conte from dropping the cnter-back for some big games this season.

The big centre-half was benched for both legs of the Champions League clash with Barcelona and he revealed his frustration at his lack of involvement.

He said: "It's tough to be left out. It's not something I handle very well.

"I am a strong character, but of course you get annoyed. I don't take it very well. My team-mates don't see it, but deep down I find it tough to sit there and not influence big games."

Cahill will be looking make an appearance in the FA Cup final when the Blues lock horns with Manchester United at the Wembley stadium.

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The England international joined the Blues from Bolton in January 2012, and has gone on to win one Champions League, two Premier Leagues and one FA Cup with the side.

With the World Cup fast approaching Cahill will be hoping he makes Gareth Southgate's 23-man squad in the summer competition.

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