England star Cahill excited for Turf Moor return

Gary Cahill

Gary Cahill

First published in Sport

ENGLAND star Gary Cahill admits Burnley will always have a place in his heart as he prepares to return to Turf Moor with Chelsea on Monday.

Cahill made the first senior appearances of his career for the Clarets in a highly successful loan spell with the club during the 2004/05 season.

Then still a teenager, he featured 32 times for Burnley under Steve Cotterill in the Championship.

Cahill would later return to Aston Villa before making a £5m move to Bolton Wanderers, facing Burnley at Turf Moor in a 1-1 draw in the Premier League in 2009.

He went on to make his England debut and earn a £7m transfer to Chelsea, where he featured in their Champions League final victory against Bayern Munich.

The 28-year-old is now a fixture in the England defence, representing his country at this summer’s World Cup.

But Cahill has never forgotten where it all started ahead of Monday’s clash.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” he said. “Burnley have done fantastically to get back into the Premier League and I’m very fond of the place because it’s where I got my opportunity to play.

“It’s a great club, I really enjoyed my time there and I’m looking forward to going back.

“I’m really looking forward to the season starting properly now, we’ve got the training done, we’re prepared and ready to go.”

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5:07pm Thu 14 Aug 14

ZomZom@thePark says...

Cesc Fabregas said it was an honour to play at Turf Moor a few days ago and he was looking forward to going back. Even Sir Alex said Burnley was a "proper football club". Reading Cahill's words just makes me feel that much prouder. We knew back then he was going to be a top player and I am really pleased that we had a hand in his progress.
Cesc Fabregas said it was an honour to play at Turf Moor a few days ago and he was looking forward to going back. Even Sir Alex said Burnley was a "proper football club". Reading Cahill's words just makes me feel that much prouder. We knew back then he was going to be a top player and I am really pleased that we had a hand in his progress. ZomZom@thePark
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5:08pm Thu 14 Aug 14

ZomZom@thePark says...

Can I just add that I hope he has a stinker on Monday though ;-)
Can I just add that I hope he has a stinker on Monday though ;-) ZomZom@thePark
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5:09pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Chuck Norris' Roundhouse says...

A brilliant player while on loan at Burnley as a raw, untested 18 year old.

He was partnered with the vastly experienced John McGreal and absolutely cleaned up both the Young player and the Player of the Season awards at Burnley.

Was predicted by myself to play for England and so it has proved, without a doubt Burnley's BEST EVER loan player.
A brilliant player while on loan at Burnley as a raw, untested 18 year old. He was partnered with the vastly experienced John McGreal and absolutely cleaned up both the Young player and the Player of the Season awards at Burnley. Was predicted by myself to play for England and so it has proved, without a doubt Burnley's BEST EVER loan player. Chuck Norris' Roundhouse
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6:26pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Scamp Kingsley says...

ZomZom@thePark wrote:
Can I just add that I hope he has a stinker on Monday though ;-)
Gaz can have a consolation goal if Ingy or the Juke bag the winner!
[quote][p][bold]ZomZom@thePark[/bold] wrote: Can I just add that I hope he has a stinker on Monday though ;-)[/p][/quote]Gaz can have a consolation goal if Ingy or the Juke bag the winner! Scamp Kingsley
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