Gary Cahill today took part in his first training session since joining Chelsea today, likening the experience to his first day at school. Moving from Bolton Wanderers told the Daily
Cahill was also mightily impressed with the club and saluted the facilities as well as the people he encountered on his first day at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground: “Meeting all the lads and the staff, getting to know the place, it was brilliant to be here. It is fantastic. It’s a great place and the facilities are unbelievable. You don’t want for much down here.” The fee for Cahill is reported to have been agreed at around £7million, with former employers Bolton needing to sell their centre half before his contract was due to run out this summer.
With the interest in the 26-year-old from potential suitors increasing throughout his time at the Reebok Stadium, namely from North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, it was important that Chelsea stamped their authority on the battle for his signature, and the England international told the club’s official website of how impressed he was when he talked to Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas.
Cahill said: “He has been fantastic. When I did speak to the manager, the impression he had on me was massive. Like I said, it is always nice to be wanted by the manager, it gives you confidence when you are coming to a new club and I look forward to working under him, that is for sure.”
The faces aren’t all new for Cahill however who has played with a number of the squad while on international duty for England, crucially forging an impressive defensive partnership with Chelsea captain John Terry. The former Aston Villa man can recall his first appearance alongside Terry for the national side: “It made my job a lot easier and I have played a few times with him now and it has been fantastic.”
Cahill’s England record reads as seven appearances with only four goals conceded, and he has even scored himself in a 3-0 victory over Bulgaria in 2011. The opportunity to play regular football with international defensive team mates in Terry and Ashley Cole may well provide a boost to Cahill’s own chances of cementing a place in Fabio Capello’s Euro 2012 team, a prospect that he relishes should he force his way into Villas-Boas’ starting eleven: “I am sure that the England manager is happy that there is a possibility we could be playing together but you have to be respectful of the fact that I have to earn my position in this team by working hard in training.”
There is plenty of competition for a starting berth at Stamford Bridge but the newly assigned number 24 will be confident of being given his chance to settle in Chelsea’s back four ahead of team-mates David Luiz, Branislav Ivanovic, Alex and maybe even captian Terry following the long standing interest the club had in capturing his signature.
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