Chelsea’s two-time Premier League winning defender Gary Cahill has revealed his admiration for Aston Villa remains a decade on from leaving the club.
Cahill joined Villa as a schoolboy and made his senior debut for the Claret and Blues in September 2005 after a successful loan spell at Burnley.
The 6 foot 4 centre-back went on to make 31 competitive appearances for the Birmingham side before being sold to Bolton in 2008.
Throughout the next decade, the defender would represent his country on 61 occasions, most recently captaining England in their group game against Belgium at the World Cup in Russia.
Yet despite tasting glory on the continent with Chelsea, a love for Villa remains.
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Speaking to the Blue’s official website, Cahill noted: “There was something about the club, and I had a good feeling about it. The facilities and the coaching were fantastic.
“When I went to Villa there was Gordon Cowans, who a lot of people are aware of, Tony McAndrew and Kevin MacDonald. They wanted us to play in the right way, at a fast tempo, and we had a lot of success.
“Over a period of three or four years, the amount of players they produced was frightening. That’s down to the recruitment and the coaching we had, which was phenomenal.”
Cahill, who also expressed his frustrations over a lack of minutes earlier in the season, appears surplus to requirements at Chelsea, with Mauricio Sarri open to his sale before his contract expires in the summer.
The addition of the former England ace would give Dean Smith an experienced defender to call on to supplement his thin squad – Villa have just two out-and-out centre-backs in Axel Tuanzebe and James Chester.
So, with that in mind, should Smith lure the 32-year-old back to where it began as he looks to guide the club into the Premier League?
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