Real Madrid striker Javier Hernandez has taken a swipe at Manchester United after claiming he's joined the biggest club in the world.
The Mexico international agreed a late transfer window loan move to the Santiago Bernabeu and couldn't turn down the chance for an indirect dig at his former employers during his first interview with the Spanish club's official website.
Hernandez has endured a rather frustrating 18 month spell at Old Trafford, falling down the first-team pecking order behind the likes of Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck.
Under Louis van Gaal the 26-year-old's prospects didn't appear to be getting any better, particularly after it emerged that the new Red Devils boss was intent on negotiating a big-money move for Colombian striker Radamel Falcao.
So, when the surprising opportunity to join Real Madrid presented itself, Hernandez didn't need to think twice about the transfer, and expressed his delight at moving to the Spanish capital after successfully passing his medical.
"It is something that I needed a lot; a change," Hernandez admitted, with quotes translated by Sport Witness. "And what a better place than the world's best club, who have given me the opportunity, have believed in me and I want to take advantage of this.
"Of course, I'm ready to train with my teammates and play football. I never want to forget what I love the most, and I always dreamed about playing football. This is a game and you have to enjoy it."
Hernandez will be remembered as the super-sub who always played football with a smile on his face, but it was clear that in the latter stages of his Manchester United career he appeared increasingly unhappy by the lack of regular action.
Last season he failed to register double figures for the first time since moving to England in 2010, and with a basic wage of £88,000-a-week was viewed by Van Gaal as a costly expense not worth keeping at Old Trafford.
The Mexican's final farewell appearance in the disastrous 4-0 defeat to League One outfit MK Dons in the Capital One Cup is perhaps befitting of the difficult place that the player recently found himself in. However, he can now look forward to the challenge of rediscovering his best form for Los Blancos under the tutelage of Carlo Ancelotti.
Looking to the future
"I know what it means to wear this shirt, the responsibility and all that it represents," he continued.
"The most important thing is that I love playing football and that the world's best club has given me this chance in the best stadium, and that is something that fills you with confidence."
Hernandez joins James Rodriguez, Toni Kroos and Keylor Navas on the list of new signings that will represent Real Madrid in 2014/15, while his departure from Manchester United was swiftly followed by fellow striker Danny Welbeck, who joined Premier League rivals Arsenal on deadline day.
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