Gary Neville: This Chelsea star has become so dependable and reliable

The former Manchester United defender has heaped praise on Chelsea vice-captain Gary Cahill for his performances throughout the season

Manchester United legend Gary Neville Photo: Screen grab

Gary Neville has hailed Chelsea defender Gary Cahill as one of the champions’ most dependable and reliable players.

The England international captained the Chelsea side throughout most of the 2016-17 season after club skipper John Terry struggled to secure game time under Antonio Conte.

Cahill partnered Cesar Azpilicueta and David Luiz as part of a three-man defence, with Conte’s side keeping the second-best defensive record in the Premier League this season.

Chelsea were crowned champions with two games to spare after a 1-0 win at West Brom earlier this month before finishing the season with victories over Watford and Sunderland.

Speaking to Sky Sports about Cahill’s impact on the Chelsea team over the course of the campaign, former Manchester United defender Neville said:

“The two alongside David Luiz has been fantastic. It has been most difficult for Gary Cahill being on the left channel.

“He has adapted to it. He is a dependable and reliable player. You need players like that to win the league. He certainly has the experience now.”

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Chelsea can still win the FA Cup if the champions beat bitter rivals Arsenal at Wembley next weekend.

The Blues haven’t won the cup competition since 2012 when Chelsea were 2-1 winners against Liverpool.

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