Socceroo forward Tim Cahill has announced his surprise departure from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua after a mutual termination.
Cahill had signed a contract extension with the club just three months ago, but reports claim Cahill since fell out of favour with new Shanghai coach Gregorio Manzano.
Cahill announced his axing from the club on social media, stating, “I’m very sorry to announce that I have reached an agreement with Shanghai Shenhua to terminate my contract after being told that I’m not part of the new coach (Gregorio) Manzano’s plans for the 2016 season having only just signed a new contract in November.”
“I will be able to share more information in the next 48 hours once the final details have been completed. Next chapter coming very soon!” Cahill said.
Only China and Japan’s transfer windows remain open out of the major Asian leagues, with A-League clubs unable to sign any players who were registered with another club on February 2.
The 36-year-old remains Australia’s all-time top goalscorer (45) and after scoring 11 goals in 28 appearances for Shanghai, Cahill will be a much sought-after player. – Anthony Johnston
Photo of Tim Cahill from Socceroo’s official Facebook page