Sheffield Wednesday player, Jeremy Helan, 24, was once dubbed 'the next Patrice Evra' but he has walked away from the game in order to 'concentrate on religion'.
The former France U-19 international who came through the ranks at Manchester City, informed stunned officials of his plans last week.
It is understood he has become disillusioned with the game and is intending to go to Saudi Arabia after reportedly spending increasing amounts of time at a mosque in the city.
The player has not spoken on the situation but a source said: ‘It is the talk of the dressing room. Jeremy told them what he wanted to do last week. He said that he wanted to quit for Saudi to concentrate on religion after becoming more involved at a mosque in Sheffield. The club are a bit taken aback by it. They are working with him to come to some kind of agreement.’
Friends and associates believe he should continue with the game and are trying to change his mind.