Crystal Palace transformation continues as Cahill confirms departure

Date published: Sunday 1st August 2021 1:36 - Samuel Bannister

Gary Cahill has confirmed his departure from Crystal Palace following the expiry of his contract at the end of June.

Cahill was one of a number of Palace players with deals expiring at the end of last season. While the club waited to find out who their new manager would be, they left many of those players in limbo. Some were awaiting new deals, but one man who will play no part under Patrick Vieira is Cahill.

The former Chelsea captain spent two seasons at Selhurst Park after joining in 2019. He made 27 appearances in his first year there and 20 in his second.

However, despite Palace reportedly being open to him staying, he will not be adding to those tallies after confirming he will not be signing a new deal.

Cahill said: “After much thought and deliberation, I can confirm that I have left Crystal Palace FC after an enjoyable two years.

“I have really enjoyed my time at the club and I want to extend my sincere thanks to everyone involved at the club, especially the fans and staff who welcomed me into their South London family.

“It’s been a privilege to play at Selhurst Park, especially in that first season where I got to experience the atmosphere that the Eagles fans create on a match day.

“Playing in front of the Holmesdale Road stand is a memory that I will cherish in particular. I would like to wish the club all the best for the future and wish them every success for the coming season.”

The 61-cap former England international’s next move is unclear. At the age of 35, he will be keen to consider all his options so he can see out his career with decent playing time.

Palace have already secured replacements in defence, with Marc Guehi and Joachim Andersen arriving from Chelsea and Lyon respectively.

Attackers next on menu for Palace

Despite a defender being their latest exit, Palace’s next priority in terms of their own signings will be an attacker.

They would like to spend money on a centre-forward and then find a winger who can join them on loan.

To that end, they are looking across London at Patrick Vieira’s former club Arsenal…

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