Terry - Cahill can be key

Blues skipper welcomes the arrival of international team-mate

John Terry and Gary Cahill: Set to be paired together at the heart of Chelsea's back four

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John Terry has welcomed Gary Cahill's arrival at Chelsea, with the defender set to play a leading role in the Blues' present and future.

The England international has arrived at Stamford Bridge in a reported £7million switch from Bolton.

Chelsea fought hard to bring him on board, with transfer discussions having dragged on for longer than expected.

They got their man in the end, though, and are delighted to have secured the services of a proven Premier League and international performer.

Terry is confident Cahill will slip seamlessly into the Blues fold, with the Chelsea skipper looking forward to playing alongside a man he has seen plenty of while donning the colours of his country.

Solid

"First and foremost, he's a great player," Terry told Sky Sports News HD.

"He's established himself in the England side in the last year, so that's great for the football club.

"He's a really solid defender, he can play left and right foot, he's great in air and is quick as well. He also scores a lot of important goals, which could be key for us over this campaign.

"The manager chops and changes players here and there, so we're expecting that. Whoever plays, we are just strengthening our squad and hopefully securing the future for Chelsea."

Chelsea are hoping that Cahill can help to keep things tight at the back, with the Blues having slipped 11 points behind table-topping Manchester City in the Premier League title race.

Results

Terry, though, is refusing to throw in the towel, as he said: "We are quietly there. We need results to go our way, obviously, but this weekend could be a really big weekend for us.

"Spurs go to City and its Man United-Arsenal, so if we can win our game at Norwich, which will be a really tough game for us, we will be creeping in there."

Terry has also sought to play down concerns that Chelsea are paying the price for continuing to stand by aging stars such as Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard.

He said: "I think a lot more has been made of it than there really is. When results don't go too well, it's the old guys who bring the team together and go again.

"The older players in the squad have got a lot to give and when we sign the likes of (Daniel) Sturridge and Cahill, they can learn and improve."

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