England’s vice captain and Chelsea centre back Gary Cahill according to reports emanating from England, is close to a new Chelsea deal.
The hard tackling centre back signed for the Blues in early 2012 for 7 million pounds and quickly went on to impress, helping Chelsea lift both the FA cup and the Champions League trophies in his first season at the club, putting up very impressive performances against Barcelona (before he was substituted) and later on against the Germans Bayern Munich.
Cahill received lots of praise for his performances in the Champions League, which was very surprising to a lot of people because he moved to the London Club in January and had never played at such a high level before. Many times, players making the transition from relegation battles, to competition for titles always seems to need an adjustment period. The England international was an exception, as he played his football as if he had been competing on that level for years.
The 28 year old is known for his technical ability, heading prowess, volleying and good tackling. He is one of the few England internationals in the Chelsea set up till date and has brought a lot of fight into the team since arriving.
The former Aston Villa and Bolton man also has a decent scoring record for a central defender and isn’t a bad tackler by any stretch. Also, seeing as he is one of Chelsea’s most consistent and hardworking players, settling his future by tying him to a new long term deal, is a smart move on the part of Chelsea football Club.
If Chelsea is to fulfil their title wining potential this season, both Gary and his centre back partner, England’s John Terry will have to be in fine form. Another day like the one against Swansea or Everton is one they cannot afford to have too often.
The Cahill and Chelsea relationship is one that clearly works and an extension of that relationship is only but a matter of time, as Chelsea will surely be looking to secure one of their youngest and most effective defensive players to a long term deal.