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TIM CAHILL declared he will always be an Evertonian as he insisted it was a difficult decision to leave Goodison after eight years.
The 32-year-old Australian international was able to train with his new New York Red Bulls team-mates after passing a medical yesterday.
Cahill is still waiting for a Visa to work in America, but that appears to be a formality after he spoke about his excitement at a new chapter in his career, and sadness at leaving Merseyside.
He said: “I want to thank everyone at Everton, from the club to tremendous supporters.
"It has been a privilege to be an Everton player for the past eight years and it was a very difficult decision to leave.
"I will always support Everton and I wish the club the best of luck in the future.
Cahill is already targeting helping to bring silverware to the Red Bull arena.
“I am very happy to start a new chapter of my career with the New York Red Bulls,” Cahill added. “As we have seen over the past few years, MLS has developed into a very competitive league with many talented players.
“I am impressed with what the Red Bulls are trying to accomplish in MLS and within American soccer and I am looking forward to this new challenge. I will do everything I can to help bring New York its first MLS Cup.”
Cahill’s excitement about the £1m move is matched by his new club’s Manager and Sporting Director Erik Soler.
He said: “We are absolutely thrilled to bring in a player of Tim’s caliber to the Red Bulls.
“Tim is a proven leader both on and off the field and we believe that he can help us immediately in our quest to win the MLS Cup this season.”
EVERTON FC are close to agreeing a new deal for promising striker Conor McAleny.
The exciting 19-year-old goalscorer is highly regarded by Blues coaches, and is looking to break into the first team squad more regularly in the forthcoming season.
McAleny joined Everton as an 11-year-old, becoming a full-time member of the club’s academy in his late teens.
The pacy 19-year-old made his first-team debut as a substitute against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in December 2011, and almost scored with a late volley.
He made his first home appearance in the next league game, coming on for Louis Saha in a 1-1 draw against Norwich City, and in March joined League One side Scunthorpe United on loan for the remainder of the season.
He has made an impressive start to the summer featuring for Moyes’ side in all of his pre-season fixtures so far. And while the Blues have allowed older reserve players like James Wallace, Adam Forshaw and Aristote Nsiala to move on this summer, they are keen to keep hold of the Whiston-born forward.
Meanwhile, former Everton striker Graeme Sharp believes he is making progress on his summer scouting mission for the Toffees in China.
Last week, the Blues’ leading post-war goalscorer flew to China to assist in the club’s search for the country’s brightest young prospects.
Sharp’s arrival saw him take over from one-time team-mate Ian Snodin, who had aided Everton coaching staff in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shenyang.
Having run the rule over the best players the bustling city of Chengdu had to offer, Sharp has now headed north-east to assess the talent on show in one of China’s heralded ancient capitals.
He said: I really enjoyed my time in Chengdu and, most importantly, we spotted one or two players who had that little bit of quality to stand out.
“Whether they have what it takes to make it at a higher level remains to be seen, but they made the most of the opportunity we gave them and those boys will now have a chance to impress us again at a later date.”
His fellow scout, Everton’s Senior Academy Development Officer Robbie Anderson.
“What we’re looking for is players who might just have what it takes to fit in and be able to compete in their age group at our Academy,” explained Anderson” he said. “It can be difficult for the lads because they simply haven’t been exposed to the type of coaching that we put our young players through back at Finch Farm and I think they’ve been surprised by how hard we’ve worked them.
“We’re hoping that by showing them how we do things and by putting them through drills we use, they can see the effort and ability level we expect at Everton.”
VICTOR ANICHEBE wants to cement a starting role in David Moyes’ new-look Everton attack next season.
The Nigerian striker played two pre-season games in the space of seven days last week, and was quick to notch his first summer goal in the friendly against Morecambe earlier this month.
Now the forward – who was part of the silver medal-winning Nigerian team in the Beijing Olympics four years ago – believes he needs to make the step-up from super-sub to regular starter.
David Moyes has allowed one of Anichebe’s competitors for a striking berth, Tim Cahill, to leave for New York Red Bulls, and the former academy forward said: “I think next season I need to be cementing my place.
“I think I need to be starting games. Maybe if it was not for my injuries I would already be starting games, but that’s in the past now.
“I’m 24 now and it’s the time you’re supposed to be maturing into whatever position or kind of player you are.
“Hopefully I can start more games and my injuries are behind me. I pray to God I can.”
Anichebe left some fans bemused when he appeared stony-faced after scoring against Morecambe, and has a habit of not over-egging his goal celebrations.
But the 6ft2in striker said that does not mean he doesn’t enjoy getting on the score-sheet. “I don’t even know why (I don’t celebrate) really,” he said.
“I think part of it is frustration still at being out before and not playing, or maybe I was too tired to celebrate!
“You don’t need to read too much into it. Inside I’m always happy to score. It’s a blessing, like it’s a blessing every time I step onto the pitch.”
Anichebe was looking forward to watching team-mate Magaye Gueye play for Senegal in the Olympics (he came on a substitute in last night’s 1-1 with Great Britain) but is modest about his own medal-winning success.
He said: “I hardly ever look at it but now, while the tournament is happening, I’ve looked at it a few times.
“I’m truly grateful for the time that I had in the Olympics and am truly blessed for the success we had.”
Tim Cahill has set his sights on winning silverware with the New York Red Bulls after completing his move from Everton.
The Australia international joined his new team-mates, including former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry, in training after his £1million switch.
The club sit top of the Eastern Conference and the 32-year-old is desperate to help his side claim what would be their first title.
'I am very happy to start a new chapter of my career with the New York Red Bulls,' Cahill told the official website.
'As we have seen over the past few years, MLS has developed into a very competitive league with many talented players.
'I am impressed with what the Red Bulls are trying to accomplish in MLS and within American soccer and I am looking forward to this new challenge. I will do everything I can to help bring New York its first MLS Cup.
His excitement is matched by the club, who believe his achievements in the game will make him a real asset.
'We are absolutely thrilled to bring in a player of Tim's calibre to the Red Bulls,' said New York Red Bulls general manager and sporting director Erik Soler.
'He is the technical, physical presence we have been looking to add in our team and he brings a wealth of experience to our club having played in some of the highest levels of international soccer.
'Tim is a proven leader both on and off the field and we believe that he can help us immediately in our quest to win the MLS Cup this season.'
Cahill played 278 times for David Moyes' men and after just eight years at Goodison Park was sad to leave the north west.
'I also want to thank everyone at Everton, from the club to tremendous supporters,' he added.
'It has been a privilege to be an Everton player for the past eight years and it was a very difficult decision to leave. I will always support Everton and I wish the club the best of luck in the future.