Cahill camp plays down Shanghai exit talk

Tim Cahill’s representatives say Shanghai Shenhua have not spoken to them about offloading the Socceroo to another club.

A report on Friday claimed the player's future at the Chinese Super League club was in doubt after one goal in his first 13 games.

But Cahill's representatives told that the club have not spoken to them or the Socceroo about his immediate future. 

Watchers of the big spending Chinese Super League team have noted the more defensive role Cahill has been forced to play, which may account for the fewer goal-scoring positions he’s been getting into. 

Cahill broke his nose in a recent game but was back training just a few days later and is reputed to be one of the fittest players at the club.

The Australian signed for the club in February, a month before the start of the Chinese season. Shanghai Shenhua started the campaign strongly with three consecutive wins but have since fallen to 12th on the table.

Cahill has played every game of the season at Shanghai Shenhua and was part of the Socceroos' 2-1 victory over Kyrgyzstan on Tuesday in their first match of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.