Arsenal target Gary Cahill, “I want to test myself against the best”
Written by James on April 15, 2011 5:41
England International Gary Cahill is ready to leave Bolton Wanderers during the summer transfer window as he is ready to join a big club and compete in the Champions League.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, the 25-year old declared that Owen Coyle is fully aware of the quality of his players and is always open when an approach is made for one of his top class players.
Cahill added that it is always nice to have the support of the manager as he explained that he will not hesitate to accept a move if the right offer is made.
The Englishman also confessed that he’s still in touch with Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere – on loan at Bolton last season – as he admitted that watching the 19-year old against Barcelona made him understand that playing against the best is where he wants to be next season.
Ahead of this summer’s transfer window, Cahill said:
When all the speculation started last summer, [our boss] called me in for a chat. He checked first of all that it hadn’t turned my head, then he came out with this statement about outgrowing the club one day.
He just said, ‘Gaz, if you were happy just to tick along at your age there would be something wrong. You’ve got it in you to play at Champions League level and I honestly believe it’s going to happen for you’.
It was lovely to hear that, really flattering, and what he said has made it easier for me to contemplate moving on and taking another step forward in my career. If there is an opportunity to do something big you want to take it.
I still speak to Jack Wilshere after his loan spell here and when I watched him in the Nou Camp (against Barcelona ) the other week I couldn’t help thinking, ‘That’s where I want to be: testing myself against the best’.
I know there is extra pressure to deliver and prove you’re worth a place alongside top players but I like to think I could handle that. At 25, I’m still young but I’m not exactly the new kid on the block.
I have played enough Premier League games and gained enough international experience to be ready.
I thought Jack did really well over there in Barcelona. I want to show I can hold my own in that company.