Former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill has described his departure from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua as “heartbreaking”.
Cahill, 36, signed for the Chinese Super League club in February 2015 and in October last year he penned a one-year extension, but he is not part of new coach Gregorio Manzano’s plans and has had his contract terminated.
“This is very sad especially after what I feel I have helped to build in Shanghai Shenhua on and off the park,” said Cahill on Instagram.
I'm very sorry to announce that I have reached an agreement with Shanghai Shenhua to terminate… https://t.co/OA3htt2v9k
— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) February 16, 2016
Cahill, who has also played for New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer, posted: “Just thinking about saying goodbye to my team-mates and especially the amazing fans is heartbreaking.
“I will always think about what could have been for us as a club in 2016.”
Cahill, who has scored 45 goals in 88 games for Australia, scored 11 times in 28 appearances for the Shanghai-based club last season.