Cahill deflects club talk

Tim Cahill brushed away questions about his club future, with the Chinese Super League regular season set to finish in just three weeks.

Cahill joined Shanghai Shenhua in February after leaving the New York Red Bulls in the MLS. The 35-year-old struggled initially, scoring just one goal in 13 appearances, before things changed markedly.

The Socceroo great has since bagged eight goals in his past 12 matches, playing mostly as a centre forward. After 27 rounds, Shanghai Shenhua sits in seventh place in the 16-team competition.

The CSL is expected start again in late February or early March next year.

Pics of Socceroos training ahead of Jordan clash

Speaking at a Socceroos press conference before the Jordan game, Cahill would not be drawn on his future.

“I think for me personally when I’m in camp it’s all about the Socceroos,” he told reporters.

“My future will be sorted out later on, which is exciting for myself. But the main focus is doing well here. If you do well for your country and your club then you get the rewards, whether it be in China or anywhere else like that.”

Cahill has been linked with a move to the Middle East in the past, with a big-money offer coming in August.

The striker has also been linked with a return to England and said six months ago his next deal will be another “eye opener”.

Cahill turns 36 in December and is the Socceroos’ all-time record goal scorer.

The former Everton attacker said he has made no decision on his future with the national team.

“It’s taking it a game at a time,” he said.

“It’s really important being a professional that you play well for your club, then you get selected for your country. I’m passionate about continuing and we’ll see how each game goes. We’ll see how long I last.”

Jordan takes on the Socceroos in Amman on Friday morning (Australian) and Cahill is expecting a difficult encounter.

“It’s important we get the right result,” he said.

“We’ve been to Jordan before and we know it’s going to be difficult. We know they’re a danger team. Whether it will be hot or whether it will be cold, we’ll show up and give the right performance.”