Gary Cahill has aimed a cheeky dig at Maurizio Sarri whilst discussing his decision to leave Chelsea and join Crystal Palace this summer.
The former Blues’ central defender has admitted that he would have relished the chance to play under new Chelsea gaffer Frank Lampard, saying “It’s a pity he wasn’t there last year” when asked whether or not he regrets leaving Stamford Bridge ahead of what would have been a reunion with his ex-teammate.
Clearly, having played regularly throughout his years on the Fulham Road, last season hit the former England man hard and forced him into considering what he wanted from his final few years in the game. Whilst it’s understandably a step down for him to join Palace, the experience he’s had working under Roy Hodgson with England in the past will no doubt have played a big role in his decision to link up with him once more at Selhurst Park.
Hugely experienced and obviously still in decent condition physically, his presence both on and off the field should stand the club in good stead at the back throughout the current campaign, even though he’s not guaranteed to play as often as he would have done in his best days at Chelsea. He’s experienced enough to know that a defender of his age will struggle to start week in, week out in the Premier League but evidently, there remains a hunger from him to drive on and continue proving doubters wrong, which I’m completely on board with.
Let’s hope his arrival is looked back upon as an extremely shrewd piece of business when analysing things next May.