Cahill Completes Chelsea Switch

  • January 16, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Gary Cahill has completed a move to Chelsea for an undisclosed fee, understood to be in the region of £7million.

The Blues had an offer for the 26-year-old accepted at the end of December and the move appeared to be stalling as the two parties failed to agree on personal terms.

However, Cahill was pulled out of training at Bolton's Euxton base on Thursday afternoon to hold talks with Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay, who had travelled north to speak to the player.

The England international was in line to play in Wanderers' game at Manchester United on Saturday, but withdrew from the squad late on Friday evening in order to travel to London and undergo a medical.

Cahill successfully completed a medical on Saturday morning and watched from the stands as his new teammates secured a 1-0 victory over Sunderland at Stamford Bridge later that day.

After more than two weeks of waiting, a deal has been completed and Cahill, who has been handed the number 24 shirt, should be in contention for Chelsea's trip to Norwich City at the weekend.

Speaking about his transfer, Cahill admits the opportunity to compete for silverware every season was something he couldn't afford to turn down.

"Chelsea is a massive club, it is a club that looks to win trophies season in season out and it is a big opportunity for me to be a part of that," Cahill told

"Opportunities like this you can't turn down."

In total, Cahill played 147 times for Bolton and scored 15 goals. His final appearance for the club came in a 2-1 victory at Everton a fortnight ago, where he scored the winning goal.

Speaking about his time at the club, Cahill has thanked the fans for their support during his four years at the Reebok Stadium.

"This is the right move for me at the right time and I would like to thank everyone at Bolton because I've had a great four years at the football club," Cahill told the club's official website.

"My spell with Wanderers has enabled me to break into the England squad, and I would particularly like to thank the fans for their support along the way. I always appreciated their backing."

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