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Gary Cahill won everything possible at Chelsea but was allowed to leave for nothing in the summer... he returns with Crystal Palace on Saturday having justified their faith in him after starring at the back for the Eagles Gary Cahill only made eight appearances for Chelsea throughout last campaign  With his contract expiring, the defender was allowed to leave on a free transfer  Crystal Palace snapped him up, which could have been a risk amid lack of action  But Cahill has impressed and returns to Stamford Bridge in good form for Eagles 

By Amitai Winehouse For Mailonline

Published: 09:33 GMT, 9 November 2019 | Updated: 09:33 GMT, 9 November 2019

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Having been a leading man at Chelsea for the best part of a decade, Gary Cahill spent most of last season as little more than a background character.

Maurizio Sarri called time on stint at Stamford Bridge early on and across eight appearances in all competitions there was never much to suggest he was going to change the Italian's mind.

On Saturday, though, Cahill returns to his old stomping ground with Crystal Palace having firmly proven that he still has the talent and physicality to cut it in the Premier League.

Gary Cahill left Chelsea in the summer having won nearly every trophy available to him

Gary Cahill left Chelsea in the summer having won nearly every trophy available to him

He barely featured under Maurizio Sarri (left) last season, making just eight appearances

He barely featured under Maurizio Sarri (left) last season, making just eight appearances

The defender was snapped up by Crystal Palace and he has impressed in his time there

The defender was snapped up by Crystal Palace and he has impressed in his time there

Cahill had won everything available to a Premier League player before Sarri came into Chelsea, including the Champions League in his first season and the title twice.

Under , he formed an impressive part of a back three but when the now-Juventus manager decided to go with a four-man defence, he did not seem to fit in.

That meant rare opportunities to play for a club where he had established himself as a relative favourite over the years. Chelsea let him leave for free at the end of the campaign — there was little to suggest he would ever renew his contract — and Palace decided to snap him up.

Cahill posing with the Europa League winners' medal that he picked up last campaign

Cahill posing with the Europa League winners' medal that he picked up last campaign

He also won the Champions League with Chelsea during his first season at the club

He also won the Champions League with Chelsea during his first season at the club

It could have been considered a risk to sign a 33-year-old defender who had essentially spent a year on the sidelines.

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