Bournemouth signing Cahill: Crystal Palace offered me another year

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Former Crystal Palace captain Gary Cahill is happy with his move to Bournemouth.

Cahill has revealed he rejected Premier League interest to join Championship side Bournemouth.

He said: “I could've stayed in the Premier League - Palace offered me another year.

“They needed to lower the age of the squad, so that didn't work out, but it was fantastic there.

“It's a great football club and I enjoyed my two years, but I had other opportunities as well to stay in the league.

“This isn't me being disrespectful, but the teams that I would have gone to, I would maybe have been losing more games than winning.

“Speaking from my own point of view, am I going to add to my appearances or am I going to have a different challenge and come to a club that, again, is changing and, ultimately, challenge for promotion?

“I took quite a bit of time in the summer because of that reason - I was unsure what I wanted to do in terms of my future.

“I spoke when I first signed here about what was going to drive me, what was I doing it for. The longer I was off, the more I missed playing. I missed the games, first and foremost."

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