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Tim Cahill refuses to rule out Everton loan return after completing New York Red Bulls move

The former Goodison Park favourite would be open to a temporary move back to Merseyside to maintain fitness, but insists he is focusing on a new challenge in the MLS

New York Red Bulls attacker Tim Cahill has refused to close the door on a possible loan move back to Everton at some stage in his career.

The Australia international left Goodison Park after an eight-year stint last Thursday, becoming somewhat of a crowd favourite along the way, to complete a £1 million move to the MLS.

Cahill was quick to insist that he was completely focused on his Red Bulls career following the confirmation, and would only leave on loan if it suited his new club.

"I'm totally focusing on the Red Bulls - getting fit, giving everything I can for the next three to four months," the 32-year-old told reporters.

"If something can work and fit to the training regime, because I've committed my future to the Red Bulls, and going on loan might not be the right thing for the football club.

"But if it works out that I can find the right happy medium to get the fitness and keep training and to play in certain games, then maybe yes.

"But I really think in the next three of four months we'll be able to tell closer to the end of the season."

Cahill claimed he would not have been able to play for another English Premier League club against Everton so moving to New York was the best move for his career.

"When I had the opportunity to play for the Red Bulls I knew in my heart that if I ever left Everton I would never play for another Premier League team, out of respect for the chairman, the fans and the manager," the midfielder said.

"As a footballer I've achieved a hell of a lot in my career but also I feel that this is a big move for me.

"I know a lot of people might think otherwise, but I'm 32 years old, I respect the MLS, I'm coming here at a good age, I'm fit and I'm ready for a new challenge, something that's very special not only for me but also my family.

"I work hard, I give everything and one thing I'm going to do for the Red Bulls is to put my heart into it."

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