Aberdeen manager Craig Brown admits Sone Aluko is unlikely to return despite the winger not yet finding a new club.
The 22-year-old became a free agent in the summer when his three-year deal at Pittodrie expired and has returned to the Midlands to be closer to his family.
The ex-Birmingham man is still looking for a new side and, while Brown would dearly love to have him back with the SPL club, he cannot see it happening following talks.
"At the moment he's in limbo," he told STV. "He's not disposed to come back to Aberdeen. We won't get Sone back. I am sure of that now, having spoken to him last week.
"He has made his mind up he is leaving to go back to the Midlands where he belongs and where his family is located. I keep in touch with him. We'd love him back here but it isn't going to happen."
Aberdeen would be entitled to compensation if Aluko joins another club and Sheffield United have been mooted as a possible destination.
However, Brown has not heard anything from the League One outfit regarding an offer.
"If Sone decides to retire from the game or not play professional football again, we lose the compensation. But you've got to take that chance," he continued.
"I'm quite sure he loves football and that he will want to play. But where and when, I don't know.
"I read somewhere he had received an offer from Sheffield United. But we haven't received any contact from them offering the compensation we are due."