Gary Cahill relaxed about contract talks with Crystal Palace safety all but secured

Gary Cahill insists he is relaxed about his Crystal Palace future with two months remaining of the 2020/21 Premier League season.

The 35-year-old is one of a number of players who will be out of contract at Selhurst Park in the summer, along with manager Roy Hodgson.

However, he said after the win against West Brom that talks will happen “further down the line” and that he was not agitating for a quick resolution with nine games left to go until the end of the campaign.

“Ever since I set foot through the door I’ve enjoyed my time, it’s a fantastic football club,” Cahill stated.

“I’m relaxed about the situation. I think we’ll get towards the end of the season and see what both parties want to do. That’s a conversation to be had further down the line and then we’ll go from there.

“There’s no drama on my behalf, I’m very casual with it and delighted just to be back playing well and winning games for this football club. That’s the priority so, like I said, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time since I’ve been here.”

The win against the Baggies helped push the Eagles up to 11th place in the Premier League at full-time on Saturday evening, and Cahill says that after picking up a win against a team “fighting for their lives”, another season of top flight football was within touching distance for Palace.

“It was all about the result,” Cahill added. “It wasn’t the prettiest of games but at the same time the conditions were very windy and we were playing against a team that was fighting for their lives.

“[They were] obviously very direct in terms of putting the ball in our box regularly anywhere from the halfway line upwards. Long throw-ins, too.

“We knew we had to defend well, had to try and spring on the counter when we got the opportunity but playing against that sort of team we knew they would make it very difficult. We’re delighted with the result at the end of the day.

“I think there are different goals but the first goal is to be in the Premier League next season. It’s the responsibility for the club and us as players to do that and we’re very, very, very close now to doing that.

“Especially going into the international break because we need that. We knew this was a huge game in terms of the result so it’s great that we delivered the three points and now we’re looking very healthy in the league.

“When we come back from the international break it’s about the desire to try and push on up the league now, really, with a very difficult run-in.”

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