Chelsea complete Cahill deal

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Chelsea have confirmed the signing of England international defender Gary Cahill.

The 26-year-old centre back moves to Stamford Bridge from Bolton Wanderers for an undisclosed fee, although general reports claim the deal is in the region of £7 million.

After passing a medical in west London on Saturday morning, Cahill was in the stands to watch the Blues' 1-0 win over Sunderland, and admitted the switch was an opportunity he just couldn't resist.

"Chelsea is a massive club that looks to win trophies season in, season out," he told the club's official website.

"It is a big opportunity for me to be a part of that. Opportunities like this, you can't turn down."

Owen Coyle admitted over the weekend that a deal was less than 48 hours away, with the Trotters resigned to losing their prized asset after Cahill confirmed he would not sign a new contract with the club.

Brought to the Reebok Stadium from Aston Villa for £5 million in 2008, the defender has proved to be one of the Barclays Premier League's most consistent performers in the position during his three-and-a-half years in Lancashire.

His home is now the capital however, and Cahill joins four international colleagues at Chelsea, including Three Lions skipper John Terry and full-back Ashley Cole in defence.

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