Tim Cahill has completed his move to the New York Red Bulls as Everton chairman Bill Kenwright revealed the Australian had no desire to join one of the Club's Premier League rivals.
The 32-year-old has passed a medical and agreed terms with the US outfit after the Blues came to an agreement with the MLS earlier this week.
Cahill made 278 appearances for the Toffees, scoring 68 goals and has now signed a three-and-a-half year deal with the Red Bulls.
In New York he will link up with former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry.
Mr Kenwright said Cahill's departure was an emotional end to an eight-year spell during which he emerged as one of the Premier League's best players.
"We accepted this offer for Tim with a heavy heart but it is a great way for him to end his Everton career," he told evertonfc.com
"The transfer salutes Tim's unswerving commitment to our cause over the last eight years and also respects his desire never to play against Everton.
“On a personal level, I will miss the first ever player that David and I went to see together, and the wide-eyed bundle of energy that walked into my office a short time later and told me that Everton was his destiny. It was.
"And he now embarks on a new stage of his career with our heartfelt thanks, and of course our real best wishes for his future. I can guarantee New York Red Bulls will have many, many admirers cheering them on from across the Ocean. All wearing the Blue of Everton. Thank you Tim.”
Cahill, who joined the Blues in summer 2004 from Millwall for £1.5 million, officially put pen to paper on Thursday in the United States and was quick to pay tribute to the Goodison Park faithful.
He said: "I am very happy to start a new chapter of my career with the New York Red Bulls but I also want to thank everyone at Everton, from the club to the tremendous supporters.
"It has been a privilege to be an Everton player for the past eight years and it was a very difficult decision to leave."