Warren Joyce insists he has spoken to Tim Cahill following the Socceroo’s exit from the club earlier in the week.
Cahill left City in search of more game time before the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and could now look overseas for his next move.
“Playing in the domestic league in Australia was always an important career goal for me, and my experience here has been fulfilling from start to finish,” Cahill said in a statement.
Cahill, 38, started only one match for City under Joyce, who took the reigns at City ahead of the 2017-18 season.
Reports suggested Cahill and Joyce’s relationship had soured to such a point that the pair were no longer talking to one another.
Taking questions on the issue, Joyce did not say any more on his relationship with Cahill, except to make public his well-wishes.
“I’ve spoken to Tim Cahill this week,” Joyce told a media conference.
“I would like to go on record and wish him all the best because the World Cup is coming up.
“To get and that to play in four World Cups and score and go in with the likes of Pele would be a fantastic achievement.
“You hope to see him do that… as long as the goal’s not against England because we’re getting beaten enough at the minute.”
Joyce hinted a number of young players could be drafted into his side for City’s clash against Central Coast Mariners on Sunday.
City’s young crop impressed in the Youth League last week, thrashing Melbourne Victory 9-2 at Lakeside Stadium.
Manny Muscat will be missing at right-back after he picked up a fifth yellow card of the season against Newcastle Jets.