Australian midfielder Tim Cahill has moved to reveal that his contract with Shanghai Shenhua has been terminated with immediate effect.
The 36-year-old had signed a new deal with the Chinese side in November 2015, but was now allowed to leave as he was not in the first team plans of head coach Gregorio Manzano for the new season.
The Australia international was clearly disappointed by the club’s decision as he revealed the news via Instagram.
“This is very sad especially after what I feel I have helped to build in Shanghai Shenhua on and off the park.
“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.”
Tim Cahill made a name for himself at Everton Football Club, where he made 255 Premier League appearances, scoring 68 goals during an eight-year spell.
The midfielder then moved to Major League Soccer in 2012, signing a deal with New York Red Bulls before finally joining Shanghai Shenhua a year ago.
Cahill went on to feature in 28 league matches, scoring 11 goals, but that clearly did not prove enough to keep his place in the side.