Bournemouth have completed the signing of former Chelsea and Crystal Palace centre-back Gary Cahill.
The 35-year-old has put pen-to-paper on a one-year deal with The Cherries, following his exit from Palace this summer.
Cahill brings great experience to an extremely youthful Bournemouth squad, with the defender racking up over 600 appearances thus far.
Bournemouth’s Steve Cook has been missing as a result of injury early in this Championship campaign, and with uncertainty as to when he may return, this could prove to be a very important signing
Of those appearances, nearly 400 of them have come at Premier League level, starring for the aforementioned London clubs, as well as Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers in the English top tier.
The 35-year-old spent eight years in West London with The Blues, making just shy of 300 appearances during a very productive eight years with the club.
Cahill won the Champions League, two Europa Leagues, two FA Cups, a League Cup, and Two Premier Leagues at Stamford Bridge, proving to be an excellent leader, as well as an extremely talented defender during that time.
The Aston Villa academy graduate has spent the last two seasons with Crystal Palace, featuring 45 times in the Premier League for the South London club.
Here, we take a look at how some Bournemouth fans have reacted to Gary Cahill’s arrival…
Leader, massive experience and a physical presence. Small offset financially, excellent business. Welcome, Gary. https://t.co/dQNJ02load
— RML (@Robmatlee) August 20, 2021
Delighted with this, experience of the highest level, a winner and a real leader, which is only gonna benefit the youngsters. https://t.co/Sa2tnBmz2r
— Tyler Gregory (@TylerGregory15) August 20, 2021
Top class signing!
— Alex Leslie Richards (@alexrichards94) August 20, 2021
This is an unbelievable signing 💪
— Jas⎊n (@ShikariJase) August 20, 2021
I did not see that coming but good signing
— Adrian (@Adrian78846754) August 20, 2021
What a fantastic addition to the squad, finally announced! Adds some great experience and quality into that back line 🍒🍒
— Lewis 🍒 (@LewisCherries) August 20, 2021
Great signing …..bit like Ronaldo but in defence ….. ?.. Attack wins games , defence wins titles …. 👏👏👏 👍😁🍒🍒. #afcb
— Paul James (@paul18280) August 20, 2021
welcome to afcb gary ! We know you will put everything into it and try and get us promoted. Good luck and hope you have a great season with us ! #topplayer
— Karl (@kf19801980) August 20, 2021