Would Javier Hernandez be able to resist a move to Bayern Munich if the German champions came knocking this summer?
Given how frustrated he became at Manchester United and then Real Madrid, there’s a good chance the Mexico international would snub the opportunity.
Chicharito has rediscovered his form, confidence and, most importantly, his smile since moving to Bayer Leverkusen. He’s the team’s first-choice striker and repaid the faith manager Roger Schmidt showed in him by scoring a magnificent 26 goals in 40 appearances last season.
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The 28-year-old’s eye-catching displays led to rumours linking him with a summer move to the Allianz Arena.
Asked by France Football if he felt he would need to join a big club like Bayern in order to add to his silverware collection, Hernandez insisted he was happy and that moving teams wouldn’t necessarily guarantee success.
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"I saw him [Carlo Ancelotti] while I was in Vancouver with the national team to face Canada, yes. But we simply greeted each other and he spoke a bit with my wife. The rest are just rumours," Hernandez said, per ESPN. "I have always chosen competitive clubs at which there existed the possibility of winning championships. With Manchester United over four years, they won the Premier League title during two of those years, but the other two seasons they won nothing.
"While I was at Madrid, we won nothing. Being on the best team doesn't guarantee you any titles. Even Barcelona are susceptible to having seasons in blank. Sometimes clubs surprise us, such as Leicester this year. They are on the verge of making history. They are a good example."
Xabi Alonso: Chicharito would fit in at Bayern
However, one player who has talked up the idea of Chicharito joining Bayern is, somewhat surprisingly given his Liverpool connections, Xabi Alonso.
Speaking of the former Manchester United striker, the Spanish midfielder was quoted as telling Univision by Goal: “Carlo Ancelotti knows him well from the year they spent together at Real Madrid, but these are questions for the directors.
“Could he fit in at Bayern? With his quality, of without a doubt!”
Alonso added: “But I see him at Leverkusen and he seems happy.”
Hernandez won't want to return to bench
Indeed, it would be a genuine surprise if Hernandez agreed to join Bayern.
While he might have a reputation as something of a super-sub - thanks to how Sir Alex Ferguson used him at Old Trafford - it’s clear that Chicharito is enjoying life as a regular starter.
Going back to the subs’ bench is the last thing he wants at this stage of his career.
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