Gary Cahill promises Chelsea best form is to come

The best is yet to come, vows Cahill as new boy prepares for Chelsea bow

New Chelsea defender Gary Cahill accepts his form this season has been patchy, but insists his best years are to come.

Cahill's protracted 7million transfer to Stamford Bridge was completed on Monday and the 26-year-old has been included in the squad for the Blues Barclays Premier League clash with Norwich.

The England centre-back admits he struggled in a Bolton team locked in a battle against relegation, but has taken comfort from his international performances.

All smiles: New Chelsea signing Gary Cahill is looking forward to working with boss Andre Villas-Boas

All smiles: New Chelsea signing Gary Cahill is looking forward to working with boss Andre Villas-Boas

'My form this season has been bit of a rollercoaster, but overall I've been pleased with the way I've been playing,' he said.

'For England I've been really pleased, whereas for Bolton it started dodgily before coming into my own over the last couple of months.

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Looking ahead: Cahill wil make his debut against Norwich

'This is a fantastic career move for me,' said Cahill, who is reported to have signed a five-and-a-half year contract.

'You always strive to be at the top of the game and coming to Chelsea has given me that opportunity

'The manager didn't really need to sell the club to me, Chelsea being Chelsea. Every competition they enter they look to win.

'To progress I needed to be at a club where there are such fantastic players who are older and more experienced than me. I can really learn from them.

'My first aim is to work hard in training and then, if given the opportunity, to keep hold of the shirt.

'I'm under no illusions that it will be difficult to break into the team.

'I'm over the moon to be here and now I want to show people what I'm all about.

'I've signed a long contract and I feel my best years are ahead of me.

'I've come here to win trophies and titles and that's exciting.'

Cahill has been spoken of as a successor to John Terry at the heart of Chelsea's and England's defence, but he is no hurry to replace his new skipper.

'There's no concern from John's side. It's exciting for me to work with the likes of John, it will only improve my game,' he said.

Good move: Cahill insists he's delighted to now be playing alongside the likes of Frank Lampard

Good move: Cahill insists he's delighted to now be playing alongside the likes of Frank Lampard

'I've learnt a lot from John playing with England and the partnership has gone well up to now. There's competition between all of us here.'

Cahill always knew he would join Chelsea, despite the time taken to finalise a transfer that was reportedly delayed by negotiations over wage demands.

'It was a little bit frustrating, probably because the transfer was more in the public eye than it would normally have been,' he said.

'I was never in doubt that it would be sorted in the end. I'm pleased that it's done and now I can enjoy playing football.'