Bolton Wanderers defender Gary Cahill is hoping to become a player who can take on Barcelona like Jack Wilshere did, as the 25 year old looks set to be leaving the club in the summer for one of Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool or even AC Milan.
"I still speak to Jack Wilshere after his loan spell here and when I watched him in the Nou Camp [against Barcelona] the other week I couldn't help thinking, 'That's where I want to be: testing myself against the best',” Cahill said.
"I know there is extra pressure to deliver and prove you're worth a place alongside top players but I like to think I could handle that.
"At 25, I'm still young but I'm not exactly the new kid on the block. I have played enough Premier League games and gained enough international experience to be ready.
"I thought Jack did really well over there in Barcelona. I want to show I can hold my own in that company."
Transfer speculation is rife over Cahill’s departure to Manchester United, or other front runners Liverpool and Arsenal.
And the forward has revealed that he has had conversations with Bolton manager Owen Coyle about moves to big clubs such as Manchester United.
"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',” Cahill said.
"But the thing about our manager is he's not only ambitious for himself and his club, he's ambitious for his players.
"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'.
Manchester United have reportedly been told that Cahill will cost them £15 million, with Liverpool and AC Milan still in the mix for such a price.
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