Gary Cahill: Bournemouth sign former England centre-back on one-year deal – BBC Sport

Gary Cahill completes move to Bournemouth
Gary Cahill has made nearly 400 Premier League appearances with Aston Villa, Bolton, Chelsea and Crystal Palace

Bournemouth have completed the signing of former England centre-back Gary Cahill on a one-year deal.

Cahill, 35, joins the Cherries on a free transfer after coming to the end of his contract with Crystal Palace at the end of last season.

He could make his debut for his new club at home against Blackpool in the Championship on Saturday.

“I’ve made a decision where I feel this is the best place for me to be at this stage of my career,” Cahill said.

A Champions League and two-time Premier League winner with Chelsea, he was capped 61 times by England.

“I’d been in contact with the manager (Scott Parker) a few times over the summer, so I was aware he wanted to bring me to the club and I’m really looking forward to getting started,” Cahill said.

“I wanted something to challenge me and this is totally different. I think it’s been about 17 years since I last played in the Championship on loan.

“At the same time, I saw an opportunity to be involved in this journey. I saw the squad was very young and very talented with a good manager in place and ultimately, in and around promotion.

“I see that as a goal and a drive I want to get my teeth stuck into this season.”

Cahill becomes Bournemouth manager Scott Parker’s fourth signing since his appointment in June.

Midfielder Emiliano Marcondes, goalkeeper Orjan Nyland and Leeds United loanee defender Leif Davis have also joined the Cherries.

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