FORMER CHELSEA’S CAPTAIN CAHILL SIGNS FOR CRYSTAL PALACE

FORMER CHELSEA’S CAPTAIN CAHILL SIGNS FOR CRYSTAL PALACE

Crystal Palace have signed Gary Cahill on a two-year contract to bolster their squad ahead of the new Premier League season. The former Chelsea captain left Stamford Bridge last season having fallen out of favour with then-boss Maurizio Sarri.

Gary Cahill's decorated Chelsea career came to an underwhelming end under Maurizio Sarri last term and he has joined Crystal Palace. It marked a low-key and ill-fitting end to seven-and-a-half decorated years at Stamford Bridge, where Cahill lifted every major honour in English football. Capped 61 times by England, Cahill was a regular for his country during the tenure of Eagles manager Roy Hodgson.

He also played the full 120 minutes before the Blues beat Bayern Munich in the 2012 Champions League final on penalties and won the Europa League for a second time last season.

 “I'm hungry to prolong my career as long as I possibly can," the 33-year-old said. I feel like I’m in great shape and whoever I play for, I'd like to think that I give it 110 per cent and leave everything out there - so hopefully that will be good enough for the manager, my team-mates and also the fans." Cahill said

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"I'm delighted that Gary has joined us," Hodgson said. "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." Crystal Palace manager said.

Palace open their Premier League campaign at home to reported Zaha suitors Everton.

Crystal Palace has sold their right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United in a £50million deal and rumours over the future of star winger Wilfried Zaha remains the talk of the day. Cahill is the third incoming of the transfer window at Selhurst Park, following Jordan Ayew and Stephen Henderson.

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