Javier Hernandez sealed a loan move to Real Madrid in the closing stages of the summer transfer window. The Manchester United striker swapped life sitting on the bench at Old Trafford for, well, doing exactly the same thing except this time in the Santiago Bernabeu.
After being behind Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck in Louis van Gaal's new-look United side, Hernandez has moved to Madrid where he will play under Carlo Ancelotti and with a new rival for a place in the Starting XI, Karim Benzema.
But speaking to Neox TV in Spain earlier today, Hernandez laid down the gauntlet to the French striker saying he was ready for a fight to become the leading front man for Los Merengues.
“No one trains to be a back-up,” Chicharito exclaimed. “I’m a football player and there are 11 starters, so the ones on the outside are always waiting for a chance and no player will say that they train to wait on the outside.
“I’m not a conformist, I want to grow but it takes a lot of work and competition,” he went on to add.
Used to Competition
The Mexican forward Hernandez did have some praise for his new rival Benzema however. “I am delighted to be with Karim. I've had competition at Manchester United from Berbatov, Rooney or Van Persie and learned from the best in the world. He is a player who scores goals but also gives a lot of assists. He’s a very complete player."
With the signings of James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos, it is incredibly unlikely that Real are going to play more than one starting striker at a time so there will definitely be a battle to see who wins out.
Hernandez will be desperately looking to prove himself to his new club as well as to Mexico manager Miguel Herrera who has relegated the man with 36 national team goals to the subs bench before the World Cup and 'Chicha' hasn't been able to get past Oribe Peralta since.
The 26-year old has done his best to get himself settled in his new surroundings. In the same interview he lauded Cristiano Ronaldo as the best footballer in the World ahead of Lionel Messi, as well calling the under-fire Iker Casillas a great goalkeeper who can get back to his best.