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Tim Cahill hints at Premier League return, says “people will be quietly impressed” with his future plans

Australia v Jordan - FIFA World Cup Qualifier

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 11: Tim Cahill (top) and the Australians celebrate after Lucas Neill of the Socceroos scored a goal during the FIFA World Cup Qualifier match between the Australian Socceroos and Jordan at Etihad Stadium on June 11, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

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New York Red Bulls and Australia midfielder Tim Cahill plans on playing for a long time and could even return to the Premier League.

So says the 35-year-old in an interview with Australia’s Associated Press.

Cahill is coming off a disappointing season in New York that saw his goals total drop from 11 to 2, but he starred for the Socceroos at the World Cup and is looking to the future.

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He has one year left on his contract with New York, but plans to sign a multi-year deal after that. And Red Bulls supporters can take heart in the fact that he said he likes to stay at clubs for a while, yet also take some caution:

“I’ve got another year left on my New York Red Bulls contract. The main feeling for me is every time I’m at a club, I like to be there for a long time.

“To be totally honest, I could have gone back to the Premier League on loan after the World Cup and I decided to stay with Red Bulls for the remainder of the season and still (have) options to go back to the Premier League if it’s the right one for me - and then deciding what’s best for international football afterwards as well.

“So when you put everything into one, the decision I make will be a methodical one, like I’ve always made it.

“It will take a month or so but, when it does, I think people will be quietly impressed with what I’m trying to do.”

Cahill heads to Australia camp for next month’s 2015 Asian Cup, which will be held in his home country. But what to make of his comments? Is he saying he could be headed back to England? Could he join David Moyes at Real Sociedad? Is he going to put pen to ink on a new MLS deal, or even a move to his hometown club, Sydney FC of the A-League?

And why will we be quietly impressed? Won’t we say something out loud?

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