Gary Cahill and Chelsea beat the deadline, agreeing to a new four-year contract.
The Blues have a policy of only offering 12-month contracts to players once they hit the age of 30, and Cahill was two weeks away from that milestone.
The 6-foot-4 center back joined Chelsea in 2012 after spending time with Bolton, Aston Villa, Sheffield United and Burnley. He’s been capped 40 times by England and won the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Champions League and Europa League with the Blues.
Cahill said: ‘I’m really pleased to commit my future to Chelsea and it’s great the club has put their faith in me.
‘I have achieved a lot here and I hope I can keep on learning, helping the team and lifting trophies over the next four years.’
There are worse people to mentor Kurt Zouma moving forward, and Chelsea feels Cahill has a lot left to offer. Unsure about the “a lot” part, but he’s part of their best pairing option right now.
Keeping him happy is a good idea, and you never know when English quotas could enter the Premier League.