Tim Cahill leaves Melbourne City casting doubt over World Cup hopes

Melbourne City's marquee player Tim Cahill has left the club, amid reports the 38-year-old had fallen out with the team coach.

Tim Cahill, who turned 38 on Tuesday, admitted he would need regular game time after helping Australia qualify for next summer's tournament in Russian Federation.

But during Australia's World Cup qualifying campaign, Cahill appeared to be frustrated with his club coach Warren Joyce and said that he had "big decisions" to make about his future before the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation. Cahill played a crucial role in Australia's qualifying run for Russian Federation but after Ange Postecoglou quit as Sooceroos coach last month, there's no guarantees when it comes to future selection.

Cahill will now chase a seventh club as a free agent, though he's ineligible to play for another side - be it in Australia or overseas - until the transfer window of that country opens.

Australia's all-time leading scorer — 50 goals in 104 matches — did not make clear where his next destination will be.

With Bruno Fornaroli also expected to return from injury in the new year, Cahill's game time options would have been even more likely to be curtailed.

A possible destination for Cahill could be the United Arab Emirates, where close friend and Socceroos teammate Ryan McGowan is based.

He leaves Melbourne City mid-season, with the club sitting third on the A-League ladder.

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"Tim has been part of Melbourne City during a significant period in its history, scoring the winning goal in the FFA Cup final and contributing 13 goals in his first season in the A-League".

"It's something Ange has built over the last four years, it doesn't matter who we're playing", he said.

"Everyone at Melbourne City wishes Tim the best of luck for the future, and thanks him for his contribution to the Club and to the Australian game".

Cahill's Socceroos teamamte Mark Milligan backed the veteran to find the right club to further his World Cup hopes.

Milligan, who spent two seasons in UAE with Baniyas, said he had "absolutely no doubt" Cahill could produce the goods at club level in his 39th year.

"Timmy continues to do what Timmy does". I look forward to see where he heads next. Everyone wants to be playing.

Something City, under Warren Joyce at least, was never going to give him. I have no doubt for himself he is making the right decision. "Timmy can go anywhere he wants and play and do a job".

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