Gary Cahill believes Chelsea veterans still have a lot more to give

The Blues defender insists that he has already learnt a lot from his older team-mates and has gained valuable experience in the club's successful Champions League campaign
Gary Cahill believes that Chelsea's veterans still have more to give and insists that he is learning plenty from them.

Since moving to Stamford Bridge from Bolton in January, the England international has played his part in helping the Blues win the Champions League and FA Cup, his long-term future seeming certain.

Out-of-contract 34-year-old Didier Drogba has been heavily linked with a move away from the club, however, and Frank Lampard was also rumoured to be considering leaving under Andre Villas-Boas' tenure but both contributed greatly to the Blues' European victory over Bayern Munich on Saturday.

"I don't see it being the end," Cahill told reporters of the side's most experienced men.

"Frank Lampard was fantastic. Ashley Cole was amazing and he's probably been the best left-back in the world for many years.

"Didier, again, turned up, the big man for the big occasion. You just learn from these sorts of boys, especially myself. Hopefully, I can learn fast."

Cahill admitted that he did feel nervous on Saturday because of the absence of Chelsea’s captain, John Terry, who was suspended for the final, but is adamant that playing in big games has helped him improve as a player and given him vital experience.

"I felt pressure because, obviously, the skipper wasn't there," he continued.

"Because of the size of the game and what it meant to the club - obviously playing the Champions League next season [only if we won] - however much you want to try to play it down in your head and relax, you knew it was a massive, massive game.

"You only get the experience by playing in the games and, now, these games, the Barcelona games, and even coming on in the Benfica game in the second half was a great experience for myself and will only improve me as a player."