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Coyle "City Offered £17m for Cahill"

Ex-Wanderers boss speaks out

£17m, are you for real?
£17m, are you for real?
Chris Brunskill

Former Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle has been in the press again today, this time claiming that he rejected a £17m plus a player bid for star defender Gary Cahill from Manchester City during his time at the club.

Speaking to the Express, Coyle said:

"From day one when I walked into Bolton, he just oozed class,"

"He is so talented and yet still relatively young at 28. Chelsea was always the right move for him because I knew he would learn and improve so much playing alongside John Terry."

"The summer before he moved to Chelsea, Manchester City came in and offered £17 million and a player"

"Come the following January in 2012, when it was Chelsea who came in, it was the right thing for him, no doubt. They got absolutely got a bargain at £7million."

Cahill joined Bolton for £5.5m in January 2008 and spent four and a half seasons at the club before moving to Chelsea in 2012 where he won the Champions League in his first season.