Socceroos' star Tim Cahill packing his bags for China

SOCCEROOS star Tim Cahill is off to play in China after agreeing a move to Shanghai Shenhua following his departure from New York Red Bulls.

Speaking on Fox Sports this morning, Cahill, 35, said he had taken advice from former Everton manager David Moyes, Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou, ex-Bulls teammate Thierry Henry and Everton chairman Bill Kenwright before making the decision to head to the Far East.

After helping Australia to the Asian Cup title, Cahill said he had received an offer from Everton, his former team, and there had also been a bid from Real Sociedad, where Moyes coaches now.

But Cahill said having played in England and America he now wanted to experience a different culture and at the same time still make an impact on the field.

"China is a growing market," he said.

"At my age I now want to give back to football and still play at the highest level.

"It's all about what I want to do and it's massive for me on and off the park."

There had been talk that Cahill could head to the A-League but Australia's leading goalscorer at international level said that was not really an option.

"I respect Australian football so much but I never had an official offer," he said.

"I did speak to (Sydney FC chief executive) Tony Pignata after the World Cup but as far as realistic offers, there was nothing."

Cahill did not reveal too much detail about his contract at Shenhua but said he was determined to shine at his new club however long he was there.

"I will make an impact in China," he said.

"Whether I sign for one or two years I will decide in the next few days."


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