Tim Cahill says Al Nasr link is a compliment but cool on move

The Everton attacking midfielder failed to rule out a move to West Asia following speculation linking him with Saudi Arabian club Al Nasr
Everton's Australia international Tim Cahill has failed to rubbish speculation linking him with a transfer to Saudi Arabian outfit Al Nasr and says the potential move will be dealt with after he completes international duty.

The Socceroos attacking midfielder is currently in Muscat preparing for Australia's 2014 World Cup qualifier against Oman on Friday, before his country face Japan in Brisbane on June 12.

Cahill, 32, has recently been linked with a €3.15 million move from Everton to Al Nasr, with the Toffees reportedly interested in offloading their highest-earning player who endured a difficult 2011-12 campaign where he only managed three goals.

However, speaking from the Socceroos camp in Oman, Cahill was cool on a potential switch but failed to rule it out.

"All these sort of elements of speculation will be dealt with after camp," he said according to AAP. "It is always a compliment. I am a massive fan of the Middle East, the cultures, the people.

"I have travelled a lot and I respect them a lot. For me, it is just to focus on the Socceroos and we will see what happens later."

When asked about playing in West Asia, he added: "I know what the experience is like. I have lived and breathed it.

"I have played in two Asia Cups and I have got great connections with a lot of important people overseas. I come on holiday in the Middle East a lot and I embrace the weather and the culture."

Speaking to The World Game, Cahill was again pressed on the topic and was open-minded about the possibility of potentially playing in West Asia in the future.

“Domestically we'll see what happens in the future,” he said.

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