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Everton great Cahill to announce details of next chapter following shock Shanghai Shenhua exit

Tim Cahill will reveal details of his next footballing venture in the wake of his sudden departure from Shanghai Shenhua.

The 36-year-old Australian great has informed the public that he has reached an agreement with the Chinese Super League club regarding the termination of his contract.

Former Everton star Cahill cites new head coach Gregorio Manzano having no plans for him in 2016 as his reason for leaving Shenhua but has indicated that a new chapter in his career will soon be finalised.

In a post on Instagram, via Twitter, Cahill wrote: “I'm very sorry to announce that I have reached an agreement with Shanghai Shenhua to terminate my contract after being told that I'm not part of the new coach Manzano's plans for the 2016 season having only just signed a new contract in November.

“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.

“Regardless of whether my contract is being honored and paid out in full, I would much rather have seen it out and finished what we started. I will always think about what could have been for us as a club in 2016.

“I will be able to share more information in the next 48 hours once the final details have been completed. Next chapter coming very soon!

“I would like to thank the amazing Shenhua supporters, the Chinese staff members and all my teammates for your amazing support; you will all be remembered by my family and myself. I would also like to thank my Chinese partner SECA for their continued support in my career."

Cahill joined Shenhua from MLS club New York Red Bulls in 2015 and scored 12 goals in 34 appearances in all competitions for the Shanghai outfit.

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