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Vicente Besuijen leaves Aberdeen for Excelsior Rotterdam loan – with option for permanent move at end of season

Aberdeen's Vincente Besuijen celebrates after making it 2-0 against Hearts on October 16 2022. Image: SNS.
Aberdeen's Vincente Besuijen celebrates after making it 2-0 against Hearts on October 16 2022. Image: SNS.

Aberdeen have loaned attacker Vicente Besuijen to Eredivsie side Excelsior Rotterdam for the rest of the campaign – with the Dutch side having the option to acquire the winger permanently at the end of the season.

The 21-year-old was largely restricted to appearances off the bench in recent months under now-departed Dons boss Jim Goodwin – who was sacked following Saturday’s 6-0 Premiership loss at Hibs.

Besuijen joined the Reds during Stephen Glass’ tenure in January 2022, arriving from Dutch Eerste Divisie side ADO Den Haag for a fee of around £500,000 and penning a four-and-a-half-year deal with the Pittodrie club.

He played 17 times before the end of last term, but hasn’t ended up having as significant a role as was expected of him coming into this season, although he has still netted seven times in 25 appearances across all competitions.

Colombia-born Besuijen has now – at least temporarily – returned to the country where he grew up, having played in the Dutch top-flight previously for one season with Den Haag.

A Dons statement on Deadline Day – which came minutes before Goodwin’s club captain Anthony Stewart was also allowed to join MK Dons on loan  – read: “The club tonight confirms winger Vicente Besuijen has joined Excelsior Rotterdam for the remainder of the season, with the Eredivisie side retaining the option to acquire the player on a permanent basis at the end of the season.

“The 21-year-old joined the Dons in January 2022 and has made 42 appearances for the club.

“Everyone at AFC wishes Vinnie all the best during his time with Excelsior Rotterdam.”

Meanwhile, Besuijen told the Excelsior Rotterdam website: “I spoke with the club and Excelsior’s playing style and the club’s story really appealed to me.

“Moreover, I know quite a few guys who already play here and that is also an important reason for me to make this choice.

“My feeling is that I fit in well with this team. As a result, I think I can quickly adapt myself to help the team maintain us at the highest level.”

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