Cahill joins Shanghai Shenhua

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Australia forward Tim Cahill has announced he will join Shanghai Shenhua after leaving New York Red Bulls on Monday.

The news comes after the Socceroos legend was linked with clubs in Spain, England, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar during the January transfer window.

Having helped Australia win the Asian Cup on Saturday night, Cahill was in some serious demand after his spectacular goals in the recent quarter-final against China.

That demand saw him approached by Chinese club Shanghai, Everton chairman Bill Kenwright and even ex-manager David Moyes, who wanted him to club to La Liga side real Sociedad.

But the 35-year-old – having been released from his contract at New York Red Bulls – has opted to take up the challenge in China.

“I’m proud to announce my next move will be to China to Shanghai Shenhua,” he declared on Foxsports.

“Basically I spent most of the morning on the phone to the boys. I spoke to (former NY team-mate) Thierry Henry via text and Bill Kenwright at Everton And Ange Postecoglou. Spoke to Moyes about possibly going to La Liga.

“’Cause I’ve done the Premier League, ‘cause I’ve done America .... China is a growing market for football. I’m at an age when I want to give back to football and still play at a high level. 

“I’ve taken a lot of good advice ... I think it’s exciting to still be in demand.”

Cahill has claimed that his club future would always be dictated by where he could best prepare to represent his country, with Cahill still confident he can play at the 2018 World Cup.

Australia's all-time leading goal-scorer, Cahill has chipped in with 39 goals for the Socceroos, including three at this year's Asian Cup on home soil.

Known for his impressive aerial ability, he started his senior career with Millwall, helping them to the FA Cup final in 2004, before he moved to Everton in the Premier League.

Cahill scored 56 goals in 226 Premier League matches for Everton, followed by 14 in 62 over three MLS seasons with the Red Bulls.