Javier Hernandez has completed his surprise move to Real Madrid, at least that’s according to the coach of the Mexico national team, Miguel Herrera.
Reports flooded the internet yesterday claiming that the Manchester United forward was set to leave Old Trafford and join up with Carlo Ancelotti in Spain, with some sources speculating that a loan deal was being arranged with a view to a permanent transfer.
For quite some time now Hernandez has appeared unsettled with the Red Devils and, with Louis van Gaal unable to offer him guaranteed first-team football, he has been tipped to be seeking an exit for the duration of the summer.
And now it would appear that his prayers have been answered by the most unlikely of suitors; ten time European champions Madrid. Los Blancos have been linked with a host of high-profile strikers since the culmination of the World Cup, with Radamel Falcao appearing to be the most probable arrival.
However with Karim Benzema penning a new deal which will keep him at the Santiago Bernabeu for another five years talk of an expensive addition up front looked to be dead in the water. Yet Ancelotti clearly feels as though his squad could do with more depth up top and Hernandez, with his years of experience in the Premier League, certainly fits the bill.
The Mexico international has 59 goals in 154 appearances in all competitions for United, and has regularly been relied upon to come off the bench and alter proceedings. Sir Alex Ferguson and then David Moyes both used him as something of a ‘super-sub’, but it is this peripheral role which is said to be the source of his disillusion at the club.
As such a move to Madrid makes sense on his part, and his national team’s head coach, who has often been vocal over his opinion on Hernandez’s situation at club level, has today confirmed that a move is taking place.
Herrera took to Twitter to announce: “Llegar al Real Madrid es una gran oportunidad para @CH14_ , a quién le deseo el mejor de los ¡éxitos!”
The tweet translates to a message of congratulations, with Herrera also taking the time to say that the switch to La Liga presents Hernandez with a great opportunity to revive his stuttering career.
Of course Chicharito is sure to be joined by a number of his teammates in heading through the exit door at Old Trafford, with Van Gaal keen to ring the changes to ensure that he is left with a team capable of challenging for major honours.
Shinji Kagawa has already signed on the dotted line for Borussia Dortmund and the futures of a host of first-team United stars look precarious as we move towards tonight’s transfer deadline.