Our long-serving, trophy-winning defender says Sunday was quite possibly his last Chelsea appearance and calls his time here a great success…
With Chelsea leading 3-0 against Watford as Sunday afternoon’s game at Stamford Bridge entered its final few minutes, an important three points were assured but there were still headlines to be made.
A few hours later the Blues’ place in next season’s Champions League was confirmed when Arsenal failed to win their match and before the final whistle in our game, Gary Cahill was brought on for his first Premier League action since September and what he confirmed afterwards is likely to be his last in a Chelsea shirt.
When the match ended there was a chance for mutual appreciation between the player and the fans and his team-mates lofted him high. ‘He’s won it all,’ sang the crowd. It is a factually accurate claim.
‘It was nice to be able to say thank you to the fans,’ said Cahill after the game. ‘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.’
When he captained the side to FA Cup victory last season it completed the major trophy haul in domestic and European competition. The 33-year-old considered the highlights.
‘Obviously the Champions League in Munich was an amazing night to be part of, to be in the team that enabled Chelsea to win it for the first time was amazing but a very close second for me was the first Premier League I won. I have watched this league since I was a kid and I know how hard it is to go out every single week and try to get three points, as you saw in this game in the first half against Watford, so to do that consistently throughout the period of a season and to win the trophy is one of the best feelings as well.
‘When you start your career you have goals which you keep trying to achieve,’ he added.
‘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.’