SYDNEY (AFP) – Australia’s leading goalscorer Tim Cahill joined Shanghai Shenhua in China’s Super League on Tuesday shortly after the New York Red Bulls announced he had left the club by mutual consent.
The 35-year-old Socceroos star, who hit three goals during Australia’s triumphant run to the Asian Cup title, said he was attracted by the scale of the potential football market in China.
The attacking midfielder, who played for English Premier League side Everton before a multi-million-dollar move to the US Major League, said he had had a string of offers.
Cahill said he would decide in coming days whether he would sign a one- or two-year contract with Shanghai, adding that he would continue his international career for as long as coach Postecoglou wanted him.
Cahill scored 14 goals in two-and-a-half seasons after joining the Red Bulls in July 2012 and netted twice for Australia in last year’s World Cup in Brazil.
The Red Bulls won the 2013 MLS regular season crown, the Supporters’ Shield, when the Australian was named in the league’s Best 11 and All-Star teams.
Cahill, who had also been linked with a move to Al Wahda of the United Arab Emirates, parted ways amicably with the US club.