Veteran Chinese international defender Sun Jihai ended a seven year spell in English football on Monday as he left Championship side Sheffield United.
The 31-year-old - who played for Manchester City for seven years before joining Sheffield United last year - had admitted to being homesick and opted to return to China.
Sheffield United manager Kevin Blackwell told BBC Radio Sheffield that Sun - who only started 11 matches for United - had missed his family
"Sun found it difficult to settle here. He was living with his mother and missed his family," said Blackwell. "He was a great professional and was a great example to the young players at the club. I wish him all the best."