'Absolute legend': Mason Mount and Kepa Kepa Arrizabalaga react as former Chelsea captain retires

Former Chelsea captain Gary Cahill announced his retirement from football on Wednesday morning.

Cahill, 36, has today confirmed his retirement from professional football.

The powerhouse defender had an impressive international career, earning 61 senior caps for England.

In addition, the centre-back retires with a brilliant record at club level. He won eight major competitions during his time as a Chelsea player, which included one Champions League triumph and two Premier League titles.

There aren’t many individuals that could’ve succeeded legendary figure John Terry as the club’s captain, but he did an amazing job at Stamford Bridge.

He spent last season as a Bournemouth player, helping them to earn promotion to the top-flight division.

However, Cahill has now officially retired, having been a free agent since the summer.

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Gary Cahill retirement

Former Bolton defender Cahill has confirmed he’s hanging up his boots with a statement on Instagram.

Current Chelsea stars Mason Mount and Kepa Arrizabalaga have both congratulated the “legend” on his career.

“Absolute legend, all the best mate,” Mount replied in the comment section on Instagram.

Meanwhile, Kepa replied: “All the best Gaz! Legend.”

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Cahill doesn’t usually get mentioned alongside the greats of Chelsea, but he belongs in the conversation as one of the club’s greatest defenders.

He was a no-nonsense centre-half that was a real leader in the Blues dressing room.

It’s great to see the praise flood in following his announcement, so perhaps people will start to realise the magnitude of what he achieved.

He had a long and successful career, but it goes to show how crazy it is that Thiago Silva is still delivering at the highest level at the age of 38. Incidentally, Gabriel Martinelli has raved about 38-year-old Silva ahead of the World Cup.

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