Gary Cahill has expressed his desire to forget his final year at Chelsea.
“I think you never saw on the outside how tough it was, to be honest,” said Cahill, speaking ahead of Palace’s Super Sunday clash with Sheffield United.
“It’s something I never want to get used to, I’ve played a heavy part in every season I’ve been at that club, so it was a freak [season]. It’s erased out of my life, it was a horrible year but I won’t remember it in my career at Chelsea, I’ll remember all the seasons before that and how successful they were.
“The situation was always going to end in me leaving, it’d gone too far one way. Especially with the manager there, it was always going to happen.
“When you don’t play two or three games on the spin it’s difficult to break into the team, and I could’ve broken into that team. You have to play two, three or four games in a row to get a chance and I didn’t get that. I leave the club with some fantastic friends, the staff and players are phenomenal. I’ll leave with great memories.”