FORMER Everton midfielder ,Tim Cahill, is leaving Chinese football after his contract was terminated by Shanghai Shenhua.
Cahill only signed a new deal with the Chinese Super League club in November and said his exit was “heartbreaking”.
The Australian, 36, said he is not part of new coach Gregorio Manzano’s plans.
“This is very sad especially after what I feel I have helped to build in Shanghai Shenhua on and off the park,” he said.
Clubs in the Chinese Super League have spent more than £200m in their current transfer window, which runs until 26 February, ahead of their new season starting next month.
Major deals include Jiangsu Suning spending more than £63m on midfielders Alex Teixeira and Ramires and Jackson Martinez’s £31m move to Guangzhou Evergrande from Atletico Madrid.
Cahill, who has also played for Millwall and New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer, posted on his Instagram: “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 has scored 45 goals in 88 games for Australia.