Former Chelsea captain, Gary Cahill has signed for Crystal Palace on a two-year deal, as he plans to continue his football in the Premier League after almost eight years with Chelsea.
The deal did not come as a surprise to many, given how Gary Cahill was unfairly treated by his former club Chelsea under Sarri. While not getting the needed playing time at Chelsea, he was still one of those experienced defenders being looked at by most clubs in the Premier league as a possible player they could sign into their teams.
Crystal Palace got that nod on Monday, when they unveiled the hugely experienced and decorated 33-year-old who has won the Europa cups, Champions League, and also Premiership, FA Cups and League cup with Chelsea.
Gary Cahill began his professional career with Aston Villa, then after with Burnley, having been loaned out by Villa. His first England appearance came in 2010 against Bulgaria, and he would go on to be given the captaincy five times for his country, the first of which was in 2015 under Roy Hodgson. He joined Bolton Wanderers in 2008, before making the switch to Chelsea in 2012 where he played a key role in a hugely successful period for the west London side.
While speaking on his new team, Gary Cahill said: “I’m glad to be here, I think it’s a good opportunity for me to continue my career in the Premier League, and to play in a good, exciting team. There are some very exciting, talented players here. I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
He added: “I’m hungry to prolong my career as long as I possibly can. I feel like I’m in great shape and whoever I play for, I’d like to think that I give it 110% and leave everything out there – so hopefully that will be good enough for the manager, my team-mates and also the fans.”
Commenting on the club’s third signing of the window, chairman Steve Parish said: “Gary is an exceptional professional and a fine addition to our squad. Adding a former England captain and a proven winner at the highest possible level to our ranks will definitely boost everyone at the club and add greater depth to our talented squad. I’m sure that Gary will also provide great leadership within Roy’s squad as we prepare for another competitive season in the top flight.”
Roy Hodgson added: “I’m delighted that Gary has joined us. He’s a fantastic footballer who brings a wealth of international and Premier League experience. Having worked alongside Gary during my time as England manager, I know that he is going to be a valuable asset and I’m so happy to be working with him again.”