Former Donegal All-Ireland winning manager Jim McGuinness has left his role with Chinese soccer side Beijing Sinobo Guoan for what he has termed ‘a new chapter in Europe’.

Last July, he signed a two-and-a-half year contract with the Chinese club, having enjoyed successful spell with the backroom team at Scottish champions Celtic.

In China, he was acting as one of the assistant coaches to former Bayer Leverkusen manager Roger Schmidt.

In a statement that was published online, McGuinness thanked the owners for their support in his time at the club.

He said: "The respect and hospitality that I have received since I arrived in Beijing has been fantastic. Every day working at the club has been thoroughly enjoyable."

"I would also like to thank manager Roger Schmidt for giving me the opportunity to be part of his management team.

"It has been an amazing experience working under a top European coach and I have learned so much from him.

"I feel my experience in Beijing has set me up for the next stage of my coaching development and I look forward to a new chapter in Europe."

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