Juan Mata wants Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez to stay

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Juan Mata has encouraged Javier Hernandez to reject a move away from Old Trafford and stay at Manchester United next season.

The Spaniard wants Hernandez to stay and fight for his place despite reports that continue to link the Mexican international with first-team football elsewhere.

Hernandez spent last season away from Manchester United on loan at Real Madrid - but apart from a brief spell towards the end of the campaign, he didn't have much luck with regular football at the Bernabeu either. reports that Hernandez will hold discussions with Louis van Gaal before preseason training begins next month - and he wants his future decided before United depart for their USA tour.

Speaking to reporters as reported by, Mata urged Hernandez to rethink any plans to leave the club this summer.

“Chicharito still belongs to Manchester United and selfishly I'd like him to be with us,” Mata told reporters while on a trip to Mexico.

“He has scored goals in every team he has played in and is a very smart striker.

“Chicharito is a great friend. When I arrived to Manchester he behaved great with me. He is a great person and a great professional. I've been lucky enough to share a dressing room with Chicharito, whom I admire.”

Striker situation

It's likely to be all change at Manchester United next season - at least in terms of their strikers.

Wayne Rooney may be the only one still part of the squad from the first-team when the new Premier League season kicks off. Radamel Falcao did not do enough to warrant a permanent deal and there's talk of Robin van Persie leaving too.

That means there may be room for Hernandez, unless of course Louis van Gaal decides to strengthen in the transfer window.

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