Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez has admitted that his future is uncertain past next summer, with neither his parent club nor Real Madrid - where he is currently on loan - ready to offer him a contract.
The Mexico international’s deal, worth a reported £96,000-a-week, is scheduled to end with the culmination of this campaign, and with rumours stating over the weekend that Carlo Ancelotti doesn’t see a permanent space for him in his squad, his future has become somewhat shrouded in mystery.
Though he remains a fan favourite at Old Trafford it would appear that Louis van Gaal doesn’t see him as a first-team option either, and so it looks as though a move away is the only viable solution if he wants regular game-time.
He could, of course, sign a pre-contractual agreement with another club in January - the likes of Inter Milan and Arsenal are said to be in the frame for his signature - but the player himself has insisted that he will make his decision based purely on where he will be afforded the most opportunities.
"I am not sure what will happen in the summer yet - but whatever happens I need guarantees. I am 26 now - in the summer I will be 27 - I must be at a club where I am going to be playing regularly," he said, according to the Daily Mail.
"I am not sure what will happen in the summer yet - but whatever happens I need guarantees"
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"Wherever I am playing next season - I will make sure I have those sort of assurances."
One has to feel just slightly sympathetic for Hernandez given the fact that he’s never possessed anything less than an impressive scoring record. The 26-year-old expressed a desire over the course of the summer to shake-off the ‘super-sub’ tag he’s been landed with, and yet he continues to do his best work when given the chance from the bench.
That being said Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes never really gave him a consistent run of games which with which to prove himself, and since he’s joined Real he’s only made six appearances.
Should his suitors be serious about clinching his signature they’ll need to be able to promise him a starting berth, though in all honesty neither Arsenal nor Inter will be in a position to confine him to the bench more often than not.
Move away from United
As for his career with United it looks all but over. There are those who would love to see him given another chance in Van Gaal’s new regime, but the Dutchman looks set to spend once again in the upcoming transfer windows, and he already has a surplus of options from which to pick.
Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao may not be firing on all cylinders, but with James Wilson waiting in the wings they face competition, and that’s without the club investing further in the transfer market.