Bolton’s star defender Gary Cahill has stated that he is ready for a new challenge in his career and would jump at the chance of moving to a club plying their trade in the Champions League.
Cahill has been a consistent performer in The Trotters side for a number of seasons, and is seemingly linked with a move away from the Reebok Stadium every time the transfer window opens. The versatile defender has been linked with a move to Man Utd, Arsenal and Tottenham of late, and the player has not ruled out leaving the club.
Speaking with the Daily Mail Cahill said: “It’s a bit weird in a way. Normally when there is transfer speculation, the manager comes out and says, ‘They can forget it – he’s going nowhere’.
“But the thing about our manager is he’s not only ambitious for himself and his club, he’s ambitious for his players. He wants them to have the same drive and desire to get to the top. He expects us all to want to better ourselves.
“So when all the speculation started last summer, he 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 would never disrespect Bolton after all they have done for me but I am ready for the challenge.”
Bolton take on Stoke in the FA Cup semi finals at Wembley on Sunday and have had a good season in the Premier League, but Owen Coyle’s men will struggle to keep hold of their prize asset once the big teams come knocking in the summer.