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Everton midfielder Tim Cahill has insisted he has no plans to return home to play in Australia when his current contract expires.

It was reported earlier this week that the 28-year-old would sign for an A-League club, possibly South Coast FC which joins the league in 2010, when his Goodison Park deal comes to an end in 2012.

While the Australian international may finish his playing days back in his home country, he has made it clear that it will not be as early as 2012 as he intends to stay in England for some time after that.

The former Millwall player said: "Everyone knows that I am fiercely proud of my roots and that perhaps one day I may play club football back home but to say that I will be doing it at the end of my current deal is simply not true.

"I am 28 and, with all due respect, when my contract expires I would hope that I will still have a few more years left at this level of the game. The English Premier League is the best in the world and it has the best players so I have absolutely no plans to move on.''

Earlier this week quotes attributed to Cahill led people to believe a deal with South Coast would be on the cards: "Nothing would give me greater pleasure than to round off my football life playing for a team that I'm convinced will get a licence to join the competition sooner rather than later,'' he reportedly said.

However, Cahill has stressed those comments have been taken out of context, and he would like a further deal in England when his current contract expires.


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