Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez is not expected to seal a permanent transfer to Real Madrid after he was described as being “invisible” in the eyes of his current manager, Carlo Ancelotti, by a leading Spanish newspaper.
Marca claim the Mexico international has completely fallen out of favour with the Italian coach and is unlikely to see much playing time between now and the end of the season.
This means Hernandez will return to Old Trafford in the summer, when Louis van Gaal is likely to put the player on the transfer list in the hope of finding a buyer.
Hernandez set to leave United this summer
The 26-year-old has less than 18 months left to run on his current contract and is unlikely to be used by Manchester United next season regardless of whether Radamel Falcao or Robin van Persie - or even both - leave Old Trafford this summer.
Hernandez had hopes to secure a deal with Real Madrid prior to his season-long loan with the reigning European champions - but the intense competition for places at the Bernabeu has left that dream in tatters.
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The United striker has not scored for Real Madrid since October - in a 5-0 win over Levante. His other two goals for the club came in an 8-2 demolition of Deportivo a month earlier.
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