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Chelsea defender Cahill: I've had to fight for everything in my career

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill says he's had to fight for everything in his career.

Developing mental toughness and the tenacity to deal with every challenge and set-back has been drilled into 26 year-old Cahill. Mainly because his ­career hasn't been a straight-forward fast-track to glory.

Cahill told the Sunday Mirror: "I have never had a silver spoon in my mouth. I have had to work hard for everything that I have achieved.

"I feel I have earned what I have got - and I am still ­learning. You are bound to do that when you train every day at a club like Chelsea and the internationals you work with. I have also learned that you should never take anything for granted. Never. That is why I will never stop trying to improve.

"I have needed mental strength over the years.

"I have had to suffer a few knock-backs. I had two loan spells playing in the Championship, with Burnley and ­Sheffield United. That helped me, made me tougher I think.

"All through my career, I have been learning my trade wherever I have been. The hardest thing in football is to prove to people that you can make the next grade up."

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