Gary Cahill has admitted that he has held talks with interim Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink about his future with the club.
The 30-year-old has found himself down in the pecking order under Hiddink, leading to speculation that he could seek a move away from Stamford Bridge to get regular football.
"I did have a good chat," Cahill told reporters of the talks with the Dutchman. "He was very approachable. I thought it was beneficial. Very positive. Obviously I want to be at the club, I signed a four-year contract a couple of months ago. That shows I want to be here, I am settled here, have had a lot of success here and my family is settled here but ultimately I feel I need to play football matches.
"It has always been in my make up to play a high percentage of games. I realise that sometimes things go well and sometimes they don't. But it is very important for me I feel personally, even selfishly, to be playing football matches. You will never change me. I think it is a positive thing.
"You get people criticising people who are happy to sit on the bench picking up money. That's certainly not me, I want to be out there and being a big part of things if I possibly can, realising that everyone else is playing well as well."
Cahill moved to Chelsea from Bolton Wanderers in 2012.