Monday 16 January 2012

Cahill completes Chelsea move

England international defender seals transfer from Bolton to Stamford Bridge

Cahill caught the eye with his impressive displays for Bolton

Chelsea have completed the signing of defender Gary Cahill from Bolton.

The 26-year-old England international has been handed the number 24 shirt at Stamford Bridge and will be eligible to play for the Blues in the FA Cup, having not featured in Wanderers' third-round tie against Macclesfield.

After joining, Cahill said: "Chelsea is a massive club.

"Opportunities like this you can't turn down"
- Gary Cahill

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

Cahill made his Barclays Premier League debut for Aston Villa in 2006 against Arsenal.

He spent time on loan at Burnley and Sheffield United before joining Bolton for £5m in January 2008 - going on to make 130 Barclays Premier League appearances for the club.

Cahill made his England debut in September 2010 as a substitute in the 4-0 win against Bulgaria at Wembley and scored his first international goal in England's away victory against the same opposition 12 months later.

Bolton boss Owen Coyle said: "Gary has always been 100 per cent professional and along with that he is a top-class person.

"Everyone at Bolton Wanderers wishes Gary the very best for his future career at Stamford Bridge."

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Key Points

  • Defender Cahill agrees move to Chelsea
  • Cahill made 130 Barclays Premier League appearances for Bolton
  • Signed for Bolton from Aston Villa for £5m in January 2008