A-League fails to entice Tim Cahill home
SOCCEROOS superstar Tim Cahill revealed there were no official offers from A-League clubs after announcing his decision to sign with Shanghai Shenhua, of the Chinese Super League.
Cahill (pictured), who has quit the New York Red Bulls, said he had spoken to Sydney FC chief executive Tony Pignata last year but added: "I can openly say that Tony Pignata is a gentleman, (and) he did reach out after the World Cup, but realistic offers there were none.
"I'm an ambassador for Australia and I want to make sure the kids know I'm following my dreams."
Cahill revealed he had received an offer from Real Sociedad in La Liga from his former coach at Everton, David Moyes, while the Toffees also expressed an interest in seeing him return to the English Premier League.
But the 35-year-old said after speaking to former teammate Thierry Henry and Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou, among others, he settled on the Far East.
"To know I could have gone back to the Premier League, La Liga and things like that…everyone talks about money and things like that but I'm at a different stage of my career," he said.
Cahill added he was behind Postecoglou and his plans for the Socceroos, whether they included him or not.
"My plans will be to support the boss," he said.
"I'm always there for him on and off the park. I'll always leave that decision to him, someone who has changed the footprint of football in Australia.
"My vision for the last 14 months was to be a team player. It's never been about me. "