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Roxburgh calls Cahill-to-Australia rumors "speculation"

Nobody's said anything to him, he says.

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During his weekly conference call with the media, head coach Mike Petke told the Red Bulls press corps to get in touch with Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh in regards to the Tim Cahill to Australia transfer rumors that surfaced during the World Cup.

Well, Kristian Dyer at Big Apple Soccer did, and Roxburgh dismissed the rumors as media speculation.

"Speculation as far as we're concerned. No one has ever spoken to us. Tim flies back tonight, he arrives here tomorrow morning and we'll talk with him about what he hears and what is going on," Roxburgh told BigAppleSoccer.com.

He goes on to say that nobody's reached out to him and that Cahill is a Red Bull.

Despite Australia's ouster after two group stage games, Cahill proved every bit as important for his country as he is for the Red Bulls. He scored two goals in two games -- missing the third due to yellow card accumulation -- including one of the best of the tournament, an absurd volley off a pass from midfield.

With Cahill's popularity in the country and the A-League right around the same place place MLS was when the "Beckham Experiment" was conducted, the 34-year-old could be huge for the league.

Reportedly, both his hometown teams, Sydney FC and the Western Sydney Wanderers, are interested.

If it sounds like a done deal, pump the brakes a bit. The team that buys him would likely have to get a third party to help with the transfer fee and wages. Additionally, Cahill didn't seem thrilled with the concept of playing in the A-League when he first came over, so there's that, too.