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Gary Cahill has earned the right to be called a Chelsea legend and has now played his last game for Chelsea and at Stamford Bridge, in the 3-0 win over Watford at the Bridge on Sunday.
The win sealed Chelsea’s qualification to the Champions League next season, and Cahill was given a chance to bid farewell to the fans, after seven years at the club where he has won everything.
Cahill was brought on for his first Premier League action since September and was handed the captain’s band by Cesar Azpilicueta as he was introduced for the last few minutes of the game against Watford, with the scores already at 3-0.
When the match ended, Cahill was honoured by his team-mates as they lofted him high to the cheers of the fans who sang ‘He’s won it all’.
At the end of the game, Cahill said: “It was nice to be able to say thank you to the fans,”
“It was a great moment for me to get out there and say goodbye and just thank the supporters for the great career I have had here of mostly ups. It was been fantastic.
“It was been a fantastic success. I appreciate the club because they have given me the platform to go out and perform at the highest level and challenge for these trophies, and we have been good enough over the years to win them.
“The memories will stay with me and it was a nice moment at the end of the game.”
Cahill won everything at Chelsea – the Champions League, the Europa League, two Premier League titles, two FA Cup trophies and the League Cup, and the 33-year-old is satisfied with the success he achieved with the club.
“When you start your career you have goals which you keep trying to achieve,” he went on.
“I first wanted to play in the Premier League and then you want to go to a big club and then win trophies and then you want to go again and again. Every time I have put the shirt on I have felt I gave everything and it has been a very successful period while I have been at the club.
“I think we have been good for each other. I appreciate the club a lot and the platform they have given me but at the same time I have given everything for this club as well. It has been a great success.”