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Gary Cahill reveals he's 'totally relaxed' despite nearing the end of his Crystal Palace contract as experienced defender insists he has no plans to retire

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Daily Mail
 2021-03-01

Crystal Palace defender Gary Cahill has revealed that he is 'relaxed' about his future at the club despite being out of contract at the end of June.

Cahill is one of a host of Palace players nearing the end of their current contracts, with manager Roy Hodgson facing the same situation.

However, Cahill doesn't have any concerns and the 35-year-old added that he isn't considering retiring.

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Gary Cahill says that he is 'totally relaxed' as he nears the end of his contract at Crystal Palace

Cahill told the Evening Standard: 'I am totally relaxed about the situation myself.

'I am in a different situation to some in terms of their age. I am just looking to consistently try and perform at the level I want to be at.

'I have been back the last two games where I would like to be and that is the goal until the end of the season. Then see what happens. I am very calm about the situation, it is not too much of a stress at the moment.'

Other Palace players out of contract this summer include Andros Townsend, Christian Benteke, Patrick van Aanholt and Mamadou Sakho.

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A host of Palace players are out of contract this summer along with manager Roy Hodgson
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Former England international Cahill insists he doesn't have any plans to retire in the near future

Cahill is hopeful that the situation can be resolved soon.

He said: 'There are a lot out of contract and I am sure there are going to be changes made in the summer. I'm sure we'll find out that news, hopefully soon really so the lads can get sorted on their futures.

'By the end of the season, as long as I feel as fit as I do now, feel as hungry to win games, go out and perform and train as I do now then for sure I'll carry on playing.'

Nathaniel Clyne, Scott Dann, Wayne Hennessey, Joel Ward, Stephen Henderson, James McCarthy and Connor Wickham are also nearing the end of their contracts.

Former England international Cahill joined Palace in 2019 and has gone on to make 38 appearances.

Cahill was in action on Sunday as Palace drew 0-0 at home to Fulham.

The result leaves Palace in 13th place, ten points clear of the relegation zone.

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