Along with the 31-year-old broke down in tears during a conversation with his dad as he came to terms with the fact that his playing career at the top level in Europe is very likely to be in a permanent end.

“I wished to talk to you since the thing is going to get done. It is almost certain that I am going to LA [Galaxy],” Hernandez said in a telephone conversation with his dad shortly before his move was confirmed.

“It’s okay, everything is perfect, it is only that, well, it is like the start of my retirement, you understand? We are saying goodbye to a profession that we place a great deal of effort into.

“I know you men feel it too and we are going to look at the bright side and it is going to be amazing. However, if we like it or not, we’re retiring in the European dream, which is fine, but I wanted to call you.

“It is hard, but I am happy, it’s exactly what I want. It is a part of leaving [the one] lives and beginning to search for the life I want. And there is other stuff that I am not inclined to [give up] just to compete.

“However, it had been 10 years, that is what making me nostalgic and shout. It is not that I can not do it, it is just saying goodbye to the gorgeous experience and to some part of me that is no longer going to be there.”

“Additionally, this is just another dream, it is different, of course, but it is not straightforward. But we are going to be closer, I will see you guys a good deal more.”

The striker was restricted to just 15 looks at Sevilla since coming from West Ham last September and insisted that part of the motive for his move to the MLS was in search of more playing time.

“Why not take this chance?

“I will be on the pitch the majority of the time if I keep working hard for your club, for the group and I will be doing exactly what I’ve been loving because I was in the belly of my mother.”