Cahill insists Chelsea delay was not down to money

New Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has denied that the delay in his transfer to Stamford Bridge was down to money and revealed he could have earned more if he had held out until free agency in the summer, The Telegraph reports. Cahill is now in line for a start in the lunchtime kick-off with Norwich after completing the £7m move from Bolton.

Rumours emerged that the England international demanded £100,000 a week wages at Stamford Bridge, which was the reason why a deal took so long to be finalised. Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas admitted the two sides were miles apart in their negotiations, but Cahill promises that it was nothing to do with money. The England international has revealed that it was upsetting to read stories about him in the papers and is looking to ensure a long career with Chelsea is not dominated by paper speculation.

Cahill said: ‘If it was about wages I would have waited until the end of the season, and everyone would have known. From when I was 16 I don’t think I have ever gone into a contract and sorted it out on the first day. There’s always been a bit of ‘meet halfway’ and that’s the way it goes. It’s been no different from any other contract. So, for me, just sitting back and seeing it all in the papers, was a little bit upsetting’.

The England international has revealed that it took him two weeks to arrange a meeting with Villas-Boas and once that was finished, Cahill signed two days later. Cahill is anticipating the challenge of playing at one of the biggest clubs in Europe and is looking to impress in a different kind of task to the one he had at Bolton. Chelsea face Bolton at the end of next month and Cahill is looking forward to establishing himself in the Blues squad, so that he can face his former side.

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