Tim Cahill signs on with Shanghai

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    Tim Cahill signs on with Shanghai Shenhua in Chinese Super League after leaving New York Red Bulls

    Updated 4 minutes agoTue 3 Feb 2015, 10:42am
    PHOTO: Tim Cahill will link with Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua FC. (Getty Images: Bradley Kanaris)
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    Tim Cahill has signed with Chinese giants Shanghai Shenhua in the Chinese Super League, bringing to an end his time at New York Red Bulls.
    Cahill starred in the English Premier League with Everton before moving to the MLS, and and said China was the best move for him now.
    "I'm at an age where I want to give back to football as well as play at a high level," he told Fox Sports
    Cahill said Sydney FC chief executive Tony Pignata reached out after last year's World Cup but there have been no "realistic offers" from A-League clubs.
    "I respect Australian football so much (but) I've never have had an official offer in the last two months," he said.
    Globetrotting career

    When Cahill left Everton to join the Red Bulls in 2012 at the age of 32, it appeared his career may have been winding down.
    The player himself had no plans to gradually ease himself into retirement, however, saying at the time the move was intented to extend his international career, with the MLS offering less physically club football than the English Premier League.
    And the decision proved a masterstroke. Cahill became one of the MLS's major stars, winning the Supporters' Shield (for the team with the most points at the end of the regular season) while being named club MVP in 2013.
    He also continued to shine for the national team, once again proving to be one of the Socceroos' most influential players in the 2015 Asian Cup.
    Cahill scored three goals, including a stunning bicycle kick against China in the quarter-finals, in Australia's successfull Cup campaign, adding to the perception that he still has plenty to offer at club level.
    In recent weeks, speculation had been mounting as to Cahill's next destination, as his three-year contract with the Red Bulls came to an end.
    Once he confirmed Tuesday morning he would be leaving the MLS club, a host of sides were mentioned by media outlets in connection with the player, with Cahill himself confirming via Twitter his destination would be revealed at 10:30am AEDT.
    Shanghai Shenhua had been heavily linked with the 35-year-old, and the Chinese giants have a track record of signing big-name veterans, with Premier League stars Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba both lured to the Chinese Super League by the club.
    Other big-money moves to Asian leagues such as Qatar or UAE were also touted.
    Cahill had also been linked with a shock return to the Premier League, with former club Everton one name put forward, as was a link-up with former manager David Moyes at Real Sociedad.

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