Socceroos hero Tim Cahill has cooled talk on playing at the 2018 FIFA World Cup following his switch to Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua.
Ahead of the Asian Cup, Cahill and Australia boss Ange Postecoglou both suggested the evergreen 35-year-old could play in Russia in 2018.
Earlier this week, Cahill left New York Red Bulls to join Shanghai Shenhua on a two-year deal, declining possible moves to La Liga and the English Premier League.
The Chinese Super League isn’t nearly as strong as the Major League Soccer, raising questions about Cahill’s ability to remain in the national team frame following the move.
"I have spoken with Ange and both of us know our plans for what our future holds,” Cahill said at the New Balance Football Launch in New York on Thursday morning (AEDT).
“We will see what will come of that and will see at the next (Socceroos) camp whether things will continue as they are.
“It all depends on my form and my fitness but now I am just looking forward to enjoying the win of the Asian Cup and a bit of time off before I head off to China."
Cahill said he would sort out the itinerary and details for his switch to Shanghai, home to approximately 24 million people, in the next few days.
Shenhua have previously boasted big names such as Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka, although both struggled to settle and lasted less than 12 months in China despite signing longer-term contracts.
Italian duo Alessandro Diamanti and Alberto Gilardino joined giants Guangzhou Evergrande more recently, but both also stayed less than a year at the club.
There’s also a long list of Australians who have plied their trade in China, including Ryan McGowan, Rostyn Griffiths, Erik Paartalu and Matt McKay, but few have stayed more than 18 months.
Cahill, who has lived in London, Manchester, New York and now Shanghai, insisted his time in China wouldn’t turn out like his predecessors.
"I am not like other players,” Cahill said.
“I am 35-years-old and have played at the highest level. I am going there to do well and enjoy my football.
“I am coming off some good form from the Asian Cup. It is a massive club with big intentions to do well this season.
“But I don't really look at other players and what they have done or achieved. I just focus on myself."
The 2015 CSL season is due to get underway in March.
The Socceroo legend was a key guest at the global media event where Boston-based footwear firm New Balance launched itself into the world game.
Cahill, one of the faces of New Balance, wore the classic white boots throughout Australia’s winning Asian Cup campaign.
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