Gary Cahill interview: Why the ex-England defender turned down Premier League interest for Bournemouth challenge

So much has modified since Gary Cahill final performed in the Championship.

In the 14 years which have adopted a mortgage spell with Sheffield United in 2007, he has turn out to be a two-time Premier League and FA Cup winner, received the Champions League and appeared greater than 60 instances for England.

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Now, after his launch from Crystal Palace in the summer season, the defender is again – having signed a one-year cope with Bournemouth in mid-August – and he made his debut for the Cherries in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Barnsley at the Vitality Stadium.

It was a transfer few noticed coming, not least Cahill.

“I could’ve stayed in the Premier League – Palace offered me another year,” he instructed the Sky Sports EFL Podcast.

The 35-year-old made his Bournemouth debut in the 3-0 win over Barnsley on September 11

“They wanted to decrease the age of the squad, so that did not work out, nevertheless it was unbelievable there. It’s an ideal soccer membership and I loved my two years, however I had different alternatives as effectively to remain in the league.

“This is not me being disrespectful, however the groups that I might have gone to, I might perhaps have been shedding extra video games than successful. Speaking from my very own perspective, am I going so as to add to my appearances or am I going to have a special challenge and are available to a membership that, once more, is altering and, finally, challenge for promotion?

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“I took fairly a little bit of time in the summer season due to that cause – I used to be uncertain what I needed to do by way of my future. I spoke once I first signed right here about what was going to drive me, what was I doing it for. The longer I used to be off, the extra I missed enjoying. I missed the video games, at the start.

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“In terms of the opportunity to come here, I saw that as a totally different challenge to what I’ve been used to in previous years and one that I was excited about. Hopefully I can bring that bit of experience on the pitch in times that it might be needed. That’s what I hope.

“Naturally I’m going so as to add expertise, however I’ve come right here to ship on the pitch at the start.”

But what attracted the 35-year-old to swap the capital for the south coast?

“I performed with the supervisor,” laughed Cahill, who was a part of the England set-up at the similar time as Scott Parker.

The defender signed for the Cherries on a one-year deal after leaving Crystal Palace in the summer season

“I spoke to him many times over the summer, so I was aware that this was an option early on. He was a big pull, obviously. Knowing him, knowing what he stands for and the way that he was as a player I presumed that would translate into management.

“He desires to win and he is very hungry and that is what I purchased into by way of the squad normally, which has been the case since I’ve been right here.”

Cahill’s return to the second tier may have been a kind one so far, yet that does not mean he is under any illusions about the rigours of the division, ahead of Tuesday’s visit of QPR – a game which is live on Sky Sports Football.

“I’ve performed all of my profession in England, so I’m totally conscious of the Championship,” he added.

He had beforehand spent eight seasons with Chelsea, successful quite a few trophies together with the Champions League and two Europa League titles

“I had two great spells earlier on in my career, which helped me develop into a man. Some teams in the Championship want to play football, some want to go more direct, with a rough style of play.

“I do know it may be robust, I do know every recreation goes to be very totally different, however once more, I’m coming right into a workforce that may be a sturdy workforce on this league, so hopefully we’ll be on the entrance foot for lots of the video games.”

Having performed at the high stage of English soccer for the entirety of his profession – bar that mortgage spell at Sheffield United and one at Burnley just a few seasons earlier – for all his achievements, Cahill doesn’t have a promotion on his CV.

It is protected to say he desires that to alter.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship recreation between Bournemouth and Barnsley

“There are all those sorts of things in your head. When you get to the stage of my career, the time of winning the Premier League – which I have done in the past – is gone. What drives you? What do you want to achieve? What do you want to come in every day for?

“That [promotion] was the drive and that is what I wish to do that season. I do know it may be robust; it isn’t going to be straightforward, for certain. But that is the aim at the finish of every little thing.

“The promotion will be tough. It’s a very young squad and in these times you need quality, youth, a bit of experience, the rub of the green and all the things to go for you. I’m just excited to get going.”

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