Former Everton and Millwall midfielder Tim Cahill has had his contract with Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua terminated with immediate effect.
The news comes despite 36-year-old Cahill, who spent three years with MLS New York Red Bulls before joining Shenhua in 2015, signing an extension to his contract just three months ago.
Cahill announced his departure on his Instagram page, explaining he had been told he was not part of new coach Gregorio Manzano’s plans for the future.
He 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.”
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