Gary Cahill: Former Chelsea star completes switch to Crystal Palace

Gary Cahill: Former Chelsea star completes switch to Crystal Palace

- Gary Cahill has joined Premier League outfit Crystal Palace

- The 33-year-old penned a two-year deal at Selhurst Park after leaving Chelsea at the end of last season

- Cahill was linked with several clubs including Burnley in the past weeks

Gary Cahill, former Chelsea defender and captain, has completed a switch to Premier League campaigners Crystal Palace.

According to a tweet on the club’s official Twitter handle, the 33-year-old former England defender signed a two-year deal, which will keep him at Selhurst Park until 2021.

Cahill has remained without a club since bowing out of Chelsea after seven-and-a-half years at Stamford Bridge - in the summer.

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"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," Cahill was quoted as saying to Palace's official website after signing the dotted lines.

"There are some very exciting, talented players here. I’m looking forward to the challenge."

“I’m hungry to prolong my career as long as I possibly can.

"I feel like I’m in great shape and whoever I play for, I’d like to think that I give it 110 per cent and leave everything out there - so hopefully that will be good enough for the manager, my team-mates and also the fans."

Eagles manager Roy Hodgson stressed: "I’m delighted that Gary has joined us. He’s a fantastic footballer who brings a wealth of international and Premier League experience.

"Having worked alongside Gary during my time as England manager, I know that he is going to be a valuable asset and I’m so happy to be working with him again."

Palace chairman Steve Parish noted: "Gary is an exceptional professional and a fine addition to our squad.

"Adding a former England captain and a proven winner at the highest possible level to our ranks will definitely boost everyone at the club and add greater depth to our talented squad.

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"I'm sure that Gary will also provide great leadership within Roy’s squad as we prepare for another competitive season in the top flight."

The former Chelsea captain becomes Palace's third signing of the summer, coming after the signing of goalkeeper Stephen Henderson and striker Jordan Ayew.

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