Real Madrid will not be making Javier Hernandez's loan move to the Bernabeu permanent at the end of the season, meaning he will return to Manchester United according to reports.
The Mexican forward was sent away on loan at the start of the season after complaining of a lack of first team action on with the Red Devils. However the same thing has happened to him in Spain, with Karim Benzema the main man with Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale either side of the Frenchman.
Hernandez has started just one game in La Liga and has come on as a substitute seven times, scoring three goals in the process.
Now according to the Daily Star, Real Madrid have opted against making the deal permanent and will send him back to Manchester United, who may then decide to offload him in the summer.
The 26-year-old has a solid goalscoring record at Old Trafford, bagging 37 in 102 appearances for Manchester United across five seasons. However both Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney were ahead of him in the pecking order last season, and the arrival of Radamel Falcao was the final nail in the coffin.
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Interestingly, the Star claim that the future of Falcao, who is on loan with Manchester United, won't have an impact on Hernandez being sold. The Colombian is struggling to convince boss Louis van Gaal to make his move permanent after missing a prolonged spell through injury, although his form has picked up of late.
Indeed the Star say that Van Gaal is intent on selling the striker regardless of his options at the end of the season.
The Manchester United boss has more pressing concerns for the time being as he looks to guide his side to Champions League qualification. The Red Devils are currently third in the Premier League and play hosts to Southampton at the weekend at Old Trafford.