NIGERIA STRIKER Yakubu Aiyegbeni has said he seeks a new challenge with Chinese club Guangzhou R&F after his time in the EPL.
Yakubu has completed a three-year deal in China believed to pay him 100,000 pounds a week, but the striker has insisted he did not move because of the cash.
"Many will wonder why I chose China, the truth is that there is not much to prove after scoring over 100 goals in a league considered as one of the best in the world. The best thing for me is to move for adventure and new challenge," he said.
"Guangzhou R&F were the only team who made contact and showed seriousness in having me, so I decided to come here.
"I can feel the love, warmth and professional attitude here. My coming to China is not about money, I have found love, happiness and sincerity here which money can't buy, I am eager to kick start my China career."
'The Yak' paid a parting tribute to the players and fans of Blackburn Rovers.
"I thank Blackburn Rovers, the fans, fellow players for making my one season there seem like a decade - I appreciate their support [and] I hope the club will come back again into the top flight as soon as possible," he said.
Yakubu Aiyegbeni has agreed a switch to Chinese outfit Guangzhou Fuli, bringing to an end his time with Blackburn Rovers.
The 29-year-old striker becomes the latest high-profile figure to head for the Far East, following Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka's arrival at Shanghai Shenhua.
Yakubu is looking forward to experiencing a different culture and footballing way of life after nine years in England with Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton, Leicester City (loan) and Blackburn.
"There were many clubs interested according to the media, but the only people who made direct contact have been Guangzhou R&F," he said.
"Many will ask why China? The truth is there is not much to prove after scoring almost a century of goals in the (Premier) league - considered as one of the best in the world.
"I appreciate their support and I hope the club will come back again into the topflight as soon as possible."
Yakubu had been looking to leave Blackburn following their relegation out of the Premier League last season and insists money played no part in his decision to head for China.
"Money cannot buy you happiness and what I have found from the people in China is love, happiness, sincerity and warmth and I can't wait to get started here," he said.
"They are starting an unbelievable football programme here and ifs nice to be apart of it."