Gary Cahill last played in the Championship when he was on loan from the Premier League at Sheffield United in 2007. 14 years down the line he has won the Premier League twice, the FA Cup once, and has won the Champions League. He has also made more than 60 appearances for England at the international level. The defender has now made his way back to the Championship after signing for Bournemouth. He was released by Crystal Palace after his contract with the club ran out. Cahill revealed that Palace offered a one-year extension but he turned the offer down for more game time.
“I could’ve stayed in the Premier League – Palace offered me another year,” Gary Cahill said about turning down an opportunity to stay in the Premier League. “They needed to lower the age of the squad, so that didn’t work out, but it was fantastic there. It’s a great football club and I enjoyed my two years, but I had other opportunities as well to stay in the league.”
“This isn’t me being disrespectful, but the teams that I would have gone to, I would maybe have been losing more games than winning. Speaking from my own point of view, am I going to add to my appearances or am I going to have a different challenge and come to a club that, again, is changing and, ultimately, challenge for promotion?” he added. “I took quite a bit of time in the summer because of that reason – I was unsure what I wanted to do in terms of my future. I spoke when I first signed here about what was going to drive me, what was I doing it for. The longer I was off, the more I missed playing. I missed the games, first and foremost.”
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