Gary Cahill has said it is “very hard” to respect Maurizio Sarri after spending a “terrible” final season at Chelsea with the Italian.
Cahill, 33, will leave Stamford Bridge this summer on a free after being used only seven times by head coach Sarri this season, despite captaining the club to its seventh FA Cup trophy under Antonio Conte just 12 months ago.
“It’s been really terrible for me personally,” Cahill told the Sunday Telegraph. “It will just be erased out of my head when I leave Chelsea. My last memory will be last season’s FA Cup final.
“It’s been very difficult. I have played on a regular basis over the previous six seasons and I’ve won everything with Chelsea, so to be watching from the stands is something I didn’t expect.
“I know how the whole club works, I’ve got a big relationship with all the players and staff, and yet none of that has been utilised.
“If you are not playing a player, any player, for two, three, four games, then you don’t have to give a reason for that. But if it gets to eight or nine games, then you have to explain the situation. What’s going on?
“But the manager hasn’t done that. I see some of the situations with players who won the title with Chelsea, not just myself, and it just hasn’t been right.
“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.”