Javier Hernandez is set to become a free agent in 2015 as Real Madrid are to decline a permanent transfer and Manchester United are in limbo regarding contract talks, according to the Daily Express.
The striker joined the La Liga giants on loan last summer to make room for Radamel Falcao's arrival at Old Trafford. However, as has been the case with much of his career, Chicharito has struggled to cement a place in Carlo Ancelotti's starting eleven, and the club are not ready to extend his stay.
And there is an amount of uncertainty as to whether his parent club are going to offer the Mexican a new deal. It was quickly established as a steal when Sir Alex Ferguson signed the forward for just £6 million in 2010. The Little Pea, as he is known, scored 20 times in his first season under Fergie and instantly won the hearts of United fans.
He started to be described as the new Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for his killer instinct in front of goal and the impact he made from the substitutes' bench. During his four seasons in Manchester, the superb-sub became one of the finest forwards in Premier League history for his minutes per goal ratio.
With a goal coming every 130 minutes, Hernandez sits only behind legends Thierry Henry and Ruud Van Nistelrooy, as well as Manchester City's Sergio Aguero. Boasting a conversion rate that is only bettered by three players, it begs the question as to why he is surplus to requirements in Louis van Gaal's developing squad.
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With Robin van Persie not looking the same as he did two years ago, and the Falcao deal only a temporary one, many will feel it would be silly not to extend Chicharito's contract. As it stands, the 26-year-old will be able to sign a pre-contract with a club in January and interest is sure to be high.
Supporters will be hoping a deal can be sorted sooner rather than later, avoiding the chance of the poacher coming back to haunt them in the future.