Gary Cahill has joked “it was a shame” Frank Lampard wasn’t in charge of Chelsea last season after leaving Stamford Bridge for Crystal Palace.
The 33-year-old centre-back confirmed he had “a few offers” in the Premier League, with Arsenal and Aston Villa linked with his services, after waving farewell at Cobham his summer.
And speaking to talkSPORT the former England defender jokingly admitted it was a shame that Lampard didn’t come back to west London earlier to replace Maurizio Sarri, who rarely gave Cahill a chance in 2018/19.
“It’s a shame he [Lampard] wasn’t in last year when I was there,” Cahill told talkSPORT.
“No, I’m only joking. It would have been very interesting to work under him, especially when you’ve played with him and know what he’s like, it would have been an experience I would have relished.
“Leaving Chelsea was sad, but naturally everything has to come to an end. It was certainly the right time for me to go from that club and I have nothing but positive things to say about the club.
“There’s no issue there. It was just naturally the right time to go. Every single year I’ve made many, many appearances throughout my career, and last year I made hardly any, so that tells it all and that it was the right time to go.”
Cahill in fact played just 22 minutes in the Premier League last term under Sarri and after two unused sub appearances this season for Palace he is raring to go.
“It’s been good and a bit strange, it’s a bit like your first day back at school, but they’ve been so welcoming,” added the former Bolton man. “I’ve enjoyed the first week of training and the lads have been fantastic.
“They seem a really close bunch which is great. I’ve got a burning desire to win football matches and play consistently well at the highest level, first of all for me and then hopefully I can rub off on the players and staff around me and try and push the club in the right direction.
“That’s the pressure I need to put on myself. I need to be as hungry as ever, which I will be because all I need to do is flip my memory to last year to give me that fire in my belly to perform.
“I’m more than ready to go now and I’m looking forward to the season.”