Stadium of Light still angered by his departure.
Asamoah Gyan says his exit from Sunderland had nothing to do with money and insists it was due to family reasons.
The 25-year-old moved to Al-Ain in the United Arab Emirates at the beginning of the month despite claiming he did not want to leave the north-east.
Black Cats boss Steve Bruce made it clear Gyan has no future at the Stadium of Light, having been stunned by his desire to go on-loan a year after arriving at the club for £13million.
The Ghana international defended his actions by claiming Sunderland were happy for him to leave as it was a good deal and there is no rift with Bruce.
“I did not have any problem with Steve Bruce,” Gyan said. “He is a great coach and he has always supported me.
“People say I moved because of money. You need to be happy – although I’m not saying I wasn’t happy at Sunderland or I wasn’t happy in the Premier League.
“I had to decide with my family and everything and they were alright with my decision so I had to just move.
“It helped myself and Sunderland as well.
“Everyone was happy with the loan, and to be honest if Sunderland were not happy as well they could have not loaned me because I have a contract with them.
“I think the three parties were happy to do the deal.”