Gary Cahill: Former England defender leaves Crystal Palace after two seasons

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Gary Cahill, an ex-defender for England, has announced that he is leaving Crystal Palace following a two-year spell with the Premier League club.

Cahill, 35, was part of 47 Palace competitions since he joined on a two year deal as a free agent after his release from Chelsea in summer of 2019. After weeks of negotiations, the former Bolton and Aston Villa centreback couldn't reach an agreement with the Eagles on a new contract. Cahill posted a statement on Instagram: "After much thought, deliberation, and I can confirm that Crystal Palace FC has been closed after two enjoyable years." "It was a great experience and I would like to thank everyone at the club, particularly the staff and fans who welcomed me into their South London family. It was a privilege to be able to play at Selhurst Park in the first season. I also got to see the excitement that Eagles fans bring to a match. It was a memorable experience to play in front of the Holmesdale Road stands. "I wish the club every success in the future." Cahill was forced to miss a lot of last season's first few months due to a hamstring injury suffered against Chelsea, formerly club. Cahill was present in 20 games as Palace finished 14th on the Premier League. He scored his only goal during the 2-1 win at Newcastle in February. Palace will replace Cahill, who won 61 caps internationally, in the remaining summer transfer window. After Roy Hodgson's departure, Patrick Vieira managed the south London club. This summer, Marc Guehi, Joachim Andersen, a centre-back, and Joachim Andersen, a Lyon and Chelsea respectively, signed five-year contracts.

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