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Sun Jihai leaves Sheffield United

Sun Jihai
Sun Jihai began his career in England with Crystal Palace

Sheffield United defender Sun Jihai has left the club and returned to China after one season at Bramall Lane.

The 31-year-old joined the Blades last summer, but made only 11 league starts over 12 months.

Blades manager Kevin Blackwell told BBC Radio Sheffield: "Sun found it difficult to settle here. He was living with his mother and missed his family.

"He was a great professional and was a great example to the young players at the club. I wish him all the best."

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