Gary Cahill snubbed Premier League transfer offers for Bournemouth as ex-Chelsea ace targets return to the top-flight
CHELSEA legend Gary Cahill has revealed he rejected Premier League curiosity to be part of Championship facet Bournemouth.
The former England defender, 35, moved to Crystal Palace in 2019 after a trophy-filled seven years at Stamford Bridge.
Cahill made 45 appearances for the Eagles in the top-flight however left Selhurst Park when his contract expired in June.
A number of golf equipment have been linked with the veteran star, nevertheless it was his former team-mate Scott Parker that gained the race for his signature.
On Saturday he made his debut for the Cherries in the 3-0 win over Barnsley for his first look in the Championship for 14 years.
And forward of tonight’s conflict with QPR he revealed to Sky Sports that the lure of serving to Bournemouth win promotion was the motive he snubbed staying in the Prem.
Cahill mentioned: “I may’ve stayed in the Premier League – Palace supplied me one other 12 months.
“They wanted to decrease the age of the squad, so that did not work out, nevertheless it was implausible there.
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“It’s a fantastic soccer membership and I loved my two years, however I had different alternatives as effectively to keep in the league.
“This is not me being disrespectful, however the groups that I’d have gone to, I’d possibly have been shedding extra video games than profitable.
“Speaking from my very own viewpoint, am I going to add to my appearances or am I going to have a unique problem and are available to a membership that, once more, is altering and, in the end, problem for promotion?
“I took fairly a little bit of time in the summer season due to that motive – I used to be not sure what I wished to do when it comes to my future.
“I spoke when I first signed here about what was going to drive me, what was I doing it for. The longer I was off, the more I missed playing. I missed the games, first and foremost.”
Cahill, who helped Chelsea win the Champions League in 2012, added: “In phrases of the alternative to come right here, I noticed that as a completely completely different problem to what I’ve been used to in earlier years and one which I used to be enthusiastic about.
“Hopefully I can carry that little bit of expertise on the pitch in instances that it could be wanted. That’s what I hope.
“Naturally I’m going to add experience, but I’ve come here to deliver on the pitch first and foremost.”
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