First day at school! Cahill admits to being nervous as he trains with new team-mates
Gary Cahill has finally trained with his new Chelsea team-mates and revealed that it felt like his first day at school.
The centre-back hopes to make his debut on Saturday against Norwich City, but for now is just happy to have finally secured his move after more than two weeks of wrangling.
The 26-year-old said: '[It feels] amazing. It was exciting today coming in, but obviously I was a bit nervous, anxious, like your first day at school.
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'Meeting all the lads and the staff, getting to know the place, it was brilliant to be here.'
In the interview with Chelsea TV, Cahill was then asked what he made of his new training base in Cobham, Surrey.
Cahill said: 'It is fantastic. It's a great place and the facilities are unbelievable. You don't want for much down here.'
The England defender, who will wear the No 24 shirt, says battling against Europe's top clubs was key in his decision to quit Bolton.
After signing, he added: ‘Chelsea are a massive club who look to win trophies season in, season out. It is a big opportunity for me to be a part of that. Opportunities like this, you can't turn down.'
The parties reportedly settled on wages of 80,000-per-week on Friday, 20,000 less than Cahill was said to be demanding.
Despite being part of a Bolton defence among the worst in the Premier League this season, Cahill has performed well alongside Chelsea captain John Terry at international level.
There were no shortage of admirers for the defender, with Arsenal seeing a bid rejected last summer and Tottenham also going close to landing him.
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But Chelsea were the only serious January transfer window bidders, with Bolton opting to cash in on a player in the final six months of his contract.
A fee was agreed at the end of last month but negotiations with the player immediately hit a snag when Villas-Boas revealed club and player were 'miles apart' in terms of Cahill's salary.
Reports suggested that gap was 30,000, with Chelsea determined not to be held to ransom as they seek to slash their overall wage budget in the era of Financial Fair Play.
Speaking about Cahill's impending arrival on Saturday evening, Villas-Boas said: 'He has good technical abilities which is important in the way we want to play and to implement our philosophy.
'Our passing philosophy in building from the back. He has speed of anticipation, is an English international of course.
'Competition will be tight for him but we brought him in to become better as a team.'