Nigerian forward Emmanuel Emenike has left Turkey's Fenerbahce to join Spartak Moscow in Russia.
The 24-year-old leaves Fenerbahce without playing a match for them after only joining from Karabukspor at the end of the season in May.
''To be honest, it's been a mental torture," he told BBC Sport.
"I love Turkey, Fenerbahce and fans in the country but it hasn't been easy to handle all that is going on in my head and around me.
''My head has been troubled and physically it was getting to me. Somehow I know our paths will cross again in a positive way.
''I came to Turkey as a young man but I'm leaving as a grown up in all ramifications. I do appreciate all the support accorded to me by officials, fans and media."
He says he is now looking to make a fresh start.
''Russia should give me a route to get away from all the distractions, mental and emotional torture," he added.
''Now I can look to the next step in my career, which is in the Russian league - I want to give my best like I always do.
On Thursday, Fenerbahce had said it was considering offers from foreign clubs for the Super Eagle.
The club notified the Istanbul stock market, with the club's shares having recently plummeted because of Turkey's match-fixing scandal.
"Our player has stated that he did not want to stay in Turkey further and our management reached an agreement with Spartak Moscow," Fenerbahce said in a statement.
Fenerbahce also faces the threat of losing its 2011 league title and possible relegation.
This week, the Turkish league was postponed by a month as the probe continues - with the new start of the season scheduled for 9 September.
Spartak Moscow currently lie fifth in the table, trailing city rivals CSKA by 13 points with the championship midway through.