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 Monday, 20 January, 2003, 18:43 GMT
Chinese defender leaves Everton
China's Li Weifeng
Li Weifeng failed to settle in England
Everton have terminated the contract of Chinese central defender Li Weifeng.

The international returned to China over the Christmas holidays to have a broken nose treated and was due to return before the end of the month.

Li moved to Everton at the start of the season with fellow defender Li Tie, but had more trouble fitting in than his compatriot and played mainly in reserve matches.

"Li Weifeng found it harder to settle in England than Li Tie and has returned to China," Everton manager David Moyes confirmed on Monday.

The player said he had lost his confidence being on the bench and hardly playing with the first team.

"There are a lot of quality players in the same position and it is very difficult to get into the side. Everton was like a home for me," he said.

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