Crystal Palace confirm defender deal – as Gary Cahill pens two-year contract

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

Crystal Palace have signed former Chelsea and Bolton defender Gary Cahill.

The 33-year-old, capped 61 times by England and with 516 first-team club matches under his belt, has penned a deal until the summer of 2021.

Cahill said: “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. 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.”

Palace boss Roy Hodgson said: “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.”

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