Carlo Ancelotti says Real Madrid will not make a decision on the future of Javier Hernandez until the end of the season.
The Mexican striker is the talk of the town in the Spanish capital after scoring four goals in three starts, including the winning goal against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League quarter-final.
He followed that up with a brace against Celta Vigo, helping Real Madrid to a 4-2 win. Ancelotti said after the game that Hernandez was undroppable on his current form.
Currently on loan from Manchester United, Real Madrid have an option to make the deal permanent. A fee in the region of €20million is thought to be needed to do so.
But despite Hernandez's excellent form Ancelotti has confirmed that the club will not make a decision on his future until their final fixtures have concluded.
Date set for decision
"The future of Chicharito will be evaluated at the end of the season,' Ancelotti told reporters. "I have liked all year his professionalism and, when he got the chance, he has exploited it.
"For a coach to have players that are always ready is a positive. Everyone is very happy with Chicharito. I hope it stays that way."
Van Gaal admission
Louis van Gaal, the Manchester United manager who agreed to loan out Hernandez, today said that the striker still has no future at Old Trafford.
“Chicharito’s future? I’ve already sent him away once,” Van Gaal was quoted as saying by the Daily Star.
“When you score a goal, as he has just done for Real Madrid, are you suddenly different? I don’t think so.
“I told him the same as I told Danny Welbeck, that he was again a substitute and I didn’t feel that was any good to him.”
A big decision
Hernandez would no doubt love to become a permanent fixture at the Bernabeu but his role in the first-team would be under constant pressure. Having spent much of his Manchester United career as a sub, he may benefit from signing for a smaller club.
One such club interested in signing him is Southampton. They would be able to offer Hernandez the chance to play in the Europa League and, more importantly, every week in the Premier League.
Then, at 26, he will finally have the chance to prove himself in the English game.
Is it better to be a substitute at Real Madrid or a first-team star at Southampton?
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