Carlo Ancelotti has dropped the biggest hint yet that he will exercise his right to make Javier Hernandez's loan deal from Manchester United permanent after describing the striker as undroppable.
Hernandez looked set to return to Old Trafford after a disappointing season on loan to Real Madrid, but the Mexican has burst onto the scene after scoring four goals in his last three starts.
That included a winning goal against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League and a brace against Celta Vigo to help Los Blancos record a 4-2 win.
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Ancelotti did not hold back in his praise of the 26-year-old, claiming that Hernandez has now elevated himself to the realms of his 'non-negotiable' players alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez.
“He’s enjoying the period that he’s in, it’s a really good one,” the Italian told reporters.
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“The whole team worked well. If Chicharito is in this form he’s non-negotiable, like Cristiano (Ronaldo), (Karim) Benzema, James (Rodriguez), (Gareth) Bale, (Sergio) Ramos, Isco, (Raphael) Varane, Pepe.
“I have a team of non-negotiables, but only 11 can play and the rest stay on the bench.”
Hernandez has been forced to sit on the Real Madrid bench for most of the season and listen to newspapers speculate on where his next destination might be. The likes of Southampton and Stoke City have been linked with a move, but it seems a permanent move to the Bernabeu is now possible.
Ancelotti clearly likes the player and it seems he is ready to hand him a starting role for the remainder of the season. With a Champions League semi-final on the horizon, Hernandez has an excellent chance to win over the Real Madrid crowd.
Hernandez wants to stay
Hernandez would certainly jump at the chance to become a permanent fixture at the La Liga outfit. He told Spanish reporters that he would never say no to an offer from Real Madrid.
He said: “One of my goals is to continue working with Madrid. You have to live in the present. I do not know what can happen from here until a month from now.”
Van Gaal's mistake
Having seen his strikers flop against Everton, Louis van Gaal would certainly be wondering whether he made the right choice when sending Hernandez out of loan.
The Mexican now has more goals for Real Madrid than Radamel Falcao has for Manchester United and has cost Carlo Ancelotti a fraction of what Van Gaal has paid for the Colombian.
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