Coyle Reveals £17M City Offer For Gary Cahill

  • March 04, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Former Bolton boss Owen Coyle says Gary Cahill could have been a Manchester City player, after they tabled a bid of £17million.

Cahill joined Wanderers in a £5million move from Aston Villa in January 2008 and spent four years at the Reebok Stadium, before leaving to join Chelsea - where he would go on to win the FA Cup and Champions League double in his first six months at Stamford Bridge.

The 28-year-old played 147 times during his stay at Bolton and Coyle, who managed the player between 2010 and 2012, says things could have turned out differently - with City seeing a big-money move for the defender collapse, just months prior to his £7million switch to London.

"From day one when I walked into Bolton, he just oozed class," Coyle told The Express.

"He is so talented and yet still relatively young at 28. Chelsea was always the right move for him because I knew he would learn and improve so much playing alongside John Terry.

"There is no doubt that playing alongside John will help his development.

"He will only get better and better and he could carry on doing what he's doing for Chelsea and England for at least another seven or eight years yet.

"I always thought Gary would play regularly for England.

"When you have a player of that quality, you are always aware that the big clubs are going to come calling.

"Gary had had to cope mentally with a lot around that time. There was speculation about him in every transfer window.

"I said to him 'When the right thing comes along, I will make sure we do right by you. I'll make sure that it's a club that suits everything that you have to offer'.

"The summer before he moved to Chelsea, Manchester City came in and offered £17 million and a player. That was going to be a huge deal. Obviously, something happened, so he stayed on at Bolton and it never materialised.

"Come the following January in 2012, when it was Chelsea who came in, it was the right thing for him, no doubt. They got absolutely got a bargain at £7million. We were at the wrong end of the table and caught up in a battle but I'd always said we would do right by him and give him his chance."

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