Carl Robinson has revealed the reasons for his exit from Toronto FC.
Talking to Jason de Vos of CBC Sports, the 33-year old former Wales international said the club believed he was too old and did not fall in their plans prior to being traded to New York Red Bulls in exchange for 2011 draft pick.
"I would like to make something clear. Back in November, I was told by the club that I was not part of their plans, that I was not the type of player they wanted - that I was too old - and that they would try and ship me out," Robinson told de Vos.
"As a player, when your club tells you that, it becomes very hard to concentrate on moving forward with your club."
Robinson admitted he was leaving the club with fond memories although he did reveal he was keen to end his career with Toronto.
"I loved my time in Toronto, my family loved it, and I developed a wonderful rapport with the fans. In fact, I had my heart set on ending my career in Toronto," he added.
"Unfortunately in football, things don't always work out the way you plan. Now, I am focusing all of my energy on the next phase of my career, which is in New York."