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Ronald Hernandez made just six appearances for Aberdeen despite the club paying a large transfer fee

Aberdeen have recouped a “substantial transfer fee” after defender Ronald Hernandez’s move to Atlanta was made permanent, said chairman Dave Cormack.

The Venezuelan international, 24, arrived at Pittodrie in 2020 for a reported six-figure from Norwegian team Stabaek, but only made six appearances.

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He was given compassionate leave to be with his family later that year and moved to Atlanta on loan.

“This is a good outcome for the club and for Ronnie,” said Cormack.

“We’ve recouped the vast majority of our investment in the player with the potential for future returns through a sizeable sell-on.”

The initial transfer to Aberdeen was questioned by many supporters, most recently at the club’s AGM in December, but Cormack explained in a club statement that “there was nothing out of the ordinary in this signing or subsequent loan and transfer.”

Cormack added: “The board believed this to be a good investment for the club. Had we any inclination that he would rarely play, we would never have signed him.”