As activities intensify in the current transfer window, former Chelsea captain, Gary Cahill has signed for fellow Londoners, Crystal Palace.
Concise News reports that the 33-year-old, who was released by Chelsea at the end of last season after seven years with the club, has signed a two-year contract worth around £75,000 per week.
Cahill was appointed as the Chelsea club skipper ahead of the 2017–18 season, following John Terry’s departure.
He had been a regular for the five-time Premier League champions since the 2012-13 season but made only two Premier League appearances last season.
During his Stamford Bridge spell, Cahill won the Premier League twice, lifted the Champions League trophy and also won the FA Cup and the Europa League.
📝 Introducing Gary Cahill and our brand new third kit…#CPFC
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) August 5, 2019
He told Palace’s official site: “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.”
Meanwhile, the former Bolton Wanderers man has revealed the Chelsea player who helped Palace seal his signing.
He (Ruben Loftus-Cheek) did [play a part in me signing], he loved it here and I thought it benefited both parties,” Cahill said, according to the Evening Standard.
“Ruben is a special player, he is going to have a massive future and I thought he was fantastic in the games he played for Palace.
“Likewise, Palace gave him the opportunity to go and play football in the Premier League so I think it worked.
“He spoke very highly of the place, not just playing for the team and for the fans but also behind the scenes at the training ground and all the people that surround the club.”
Loftus-Cheek was on loan at Palace during the 2017–2018 season.
The Premier League season kicks off this Friday with Liverpool taking on Norwich City.