There is no denying that Las Palmas have been heavily hit by Kevin-Prince Boateng's untimely exit.
The Ghana international was UD's starman last season, scoring 10 goals in 28 La Liga appearances to propel the side to a 14th finish.
However, having fought tooth and nail to extend the attacker's deal by three more years in May, the club announced the abrupt termination of his contract on Wednesday, only two days to the start of the new campaign.
"Boateng is the most important player that has ever passed through this club," UD president Miguel Angel Ramirez told a news conference.
"This was a situation that had to be addressed as he deserved.
"We have unilaterally rescinded the contract and I hope to see him dressed in yellow another time."
In the contract abrogation announcement, UD cited the German-born's "personal reasons of irreversible character" as the cause of the development.
Boateng later delved deeper, saying he wants to be close to his family, and the reason is a "non-footballing" one.
"The important thing is that he [Boateng] is happy again. He will play in a team very close to his family," Ramirez added.
"He is one of the most expensive players in the squad, and he told us that he could not cheat the club.
"The loss of Prince Boateng does not alter the profile of the player, we are looking to rebuild the squad.
"I hope that before the market closes on August 30, we could bring in a midfielder."
Without their talisman, Las Palmas open the new La Liga season on Friday, playing away to Valencia.