Aberdeen have confirmed Ronald Hernandez has joined Atlanta in the MLS until the end of their season.
The defender, 23, has struggled to adapt to life in Scotland after joining from Stabaek in Norway. He was allowed to leave towards the end of last year after failing to settle without his wife and daughter.
And now Derek McInnes has revealed he sanctioned the switch for the Venezuelan.
He told the club website: “Sadly, the events of 2020 and the impact of the global pandemic have undoubtedly had an impact on Ronald’s time at Pittodrie. When he arrived, he had just completed pre-season in Norway, and we were mid-way through the 2019/20 season, but we worked hard with him to try to develop his fitness and adapt to the Scottish game.
“However, the curtailment of the season meant his ability to make any impact on the team was limited.
“From a personal point of view, Ronald has been a great player to work with, but we must acknowledge he made several personal sacrifices while in Scotland, not least having to spend lockdown in Aberdeen on his own.
“Because of visa restrictions due to the pandemic, he had not seen his wife or young daughter in almost a year until he was given compassionate leave in December, and the lasting impact of that should not be underestimated.”