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On This Day: Gary Cahill signs for Chelsea

:Headline: On This Day: Gary Cahill signs for Chelsea:
Within months of his arrival the Blues won the Champions League with Gary Cahill starting alongside David Luiz in the final.
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Gary Cahill completed his protracted £7million move to Chelsea from Bolton on this day in 2012, insisting he was never going to turn down the chance to join the Blues.

Cahill put the finishing touches to a reported five-and-a-half-year contract, having spent at least the previous fortnight wrangling over personal terms that threatened to scupper the deal.

But the England defender, then aged 26, suggested he had no intention of walking away from the lengthy negotiations between his representatives and Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay.

"Chelsea is a massive club, 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," he told the club's official website, www.chelseafc.com.

Gary Cahill

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

There were no shortage of admirers for the defender, with Arsenal seeing a bid rejected the previous summer and Tottenham also going close to landing him.

But Chelsea were the only serious January transfer window bidders, with Bolton opting to cash in on a player who was in the final six months of his contract.

It proved to a be a shrewd move by Chelsea as Cahill went on to establish himself in the first-team and make almost 300 appearances for the club up until his release at the end of the 2017-18 season.

He helped the club win the Premier League and Europa League twice, while within months of his arrival they captured an elusive Champions League crown, with Cahill starting at the back alongside David Luiz in the final.

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2Manchester UnitedMan Utd26148453322150
3Leicester CityLeicester26154745301549
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5Chelsea26128641251644
6Liverpool26127747341343
7Everton2412483733440
8Tottenham HotspurSpurs25116841271439
9Aston Villa24123938261239
10Arsenal26114113427737
11Leeds UnitedLeeds26112134344-135
12Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2697102733-634
13Crystal Palace2696112943-1433
14Southampton2586113143-1230
15Burnley2677121834-1628
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton26511102633-726
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2675142744-1726
18Fulham26411112132-1123
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom2638152055-3517
20Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd2632211543-2811
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