Cahill content with Toffees
Aussie ace has no desire to leave Goodison Park
By Chris Burton. Last Updated: June 6, 2009 4:31pm
Tim Cahill has refuted suggestions that he will need to leave Everton in order to further his career.
The Australia international moved to Goodison Park from Millwall in 2004 and has become an established top-flight star during his days on Merseyside.
Regarded as one of the finest goalscoring midfielders in the Premier League, the 29-year-old is held in high regard around the world.
He was nominated for the prestigious Ballon d'Or in 2006 and has helped Everton become top-four contenders in England.
However, silverware has so far eluded him, with defeat to Chelsea in the 2009 FA Cup final once again seeing him fall narrowly short in the pursuit of top honours.
Cahill admits that he would relish the opportunity to challenge for trophies on a consistent basis, but insists he does not need to secure a move in order to fulfil that ambition.
"Every player would love to play in the Champions League and be winning medals and all that but you have to assess what's right for your family, what's right for you and what the club is trying to build," he told The Age.
"I love silverware, I love all the award nominations and all that but I also think I've achieved a lot and have been part of a league team that's been contesting more and more, not a team that's slumping or that's stayed stagnant."
Cahill also feels a sense of loyalty towards Everton for plucking him out of the Championship and allowing him the opportunity to express himself on a global stage.
"I've been here for five years and they've always rewarded and looked after me," he said.