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Former Chelsea skipper Gary Cahill has left the club after his contract expired with Chelsea on June 30th.
Cahill joined Chelsea from Bolton in January 2012, and the centre-back went on to become a very important signing for the Blues and won the Champions League in just his first season at the club.
Having joined the club seven-and-a-half years ago, he played 291 times for the Blues, scoring 25 goals and will leave Stamford Bridge as a legend.
Cahill played his last game for Chelsea and at Stamford Bridge, in the 3-0 win over Watford back in May, and the former skipper was appreciated by fans and even his own teammates.
When the match against Watford 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’.
In his farewell speech, Cahill wrote: “It was nice to be able to say a proper goodbye to the club and the supporters on Sunday, and a proper thank you as well.
“It was a great occasion at the end of the game, I really enjoyed it, my family was there too and it was special, off the back of a good result.
“I heard the fans singing while I was warming up and that was a nice feeling. I’ve spent a lot of years here, I’ve had many, many, many good times and I’ve got great memories. This is a club I will never forget – the things I’ve achieved here and the friends I’ve made – it has been a massive part of my football career and my life.
“Looking back at when I signed, I was just so excited to come to a big club and play at this level of the game. I look back now, thinking, “Why was I not more nervous in that Champions League run?” It was just pure excitement.
“It was an incredible thing to be part of a team that made history in my first six months here, winning the Champions League in 2012. I’d wanted to be involved in that competition, and it was something very special. We all know how big it is, and how hard it is to win, so that stands out as a memory.”
Cahill ended the speech by saying: “Thank you all for your support, I am truly grateful. I’ll never forget it.”