Wayne Rooney has revealed that he left Everton for DC United because he did not want to "hang around and be a dead weight".
The former England captain also said he would not have moved to the United States if his wife and children were not going to join him.
Rooney, who signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with the MLS side, left Everton in June after scoring 208 goals in 491 Premier League appearances over 16 years.
"Everton made it clear if there was an offer there, they would be happy for me to go," the 32-year-old, who made his DC United debut on Saturday, told BBC Sport.
"I understand they have brought a new manager in, got new staff, they obviously want to bring in players that manager wants.
"I am sure it will release money for the new players who come in. I am sure that was in their thinking.
"I said to them if that is what you want, I am not going to hang round and be a dead weight. I will go somewhere else and play."