Monday 18 December 2017

Cahill: I was never going to turn down Chelsea offer

Jason Burt

Gary Cahill yesterday denied that his delay in signing for Chelsea was over money.

The central defender insisted he could have earned more if he had stayed at Bolton Wanderers until his contract ran out and then signed a deal as a free agent elsewhere.

"If it was about wages I would have waited until the end of the season, and everyone would have known," Cahill said.

"I don't think I have ever gone into a contract and sorted it out on the first day. "So, for me, just sitting back and seeing it all in the papers, was a little bit upsetting."

It was Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas who had first stated that the two sides were "miles apart" in their pay negotiations after a £7m fee had been agreed. But the player dismissed this.

Cahill, who has signed a five-and-a-half year deal said: "This is the biggest move, the main move in my career," and one which he hoped would turn him into a "world-class performer."

"I wanted to come and play football at a high level, and I was never going to turn down this opportunity to come to Chelsea."

Bolton were desperate to cash in on their most valuable asset, and not allow him to leave for free, despite their relegation plight -- while Chelsea were equally determined to acquire an England international who fits in to the style of football that Villas-Boas hopes to create.

Cahill is in the match-day squad for Chelsea's visit to Norwich today and is aware of his worth.

"What I think I can bring to this team, is it would be nice to get on the ball and play, and obviously being that little bit of an English defender where you just get your head in. You get stuck in," he said. (©Daily Telegraph, London)

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