David de Gea has spoken out over Manchester United teammate Javier Hernandez's move to Real Madrid, praising his personal qualities and stating his belief that the striker will thrive in La Liga.
Mexican international Hernandez swapped Old Trafford for the Santiago Bernabeu shortly prior to transfer deadline day, joining Real on an initial season-long loan that could be made permanent in 2015 if he suitably impresses under Carlo Ancelotti.
De Gea confidence
With Hernandez's influence at Manchester United having steadily declined over recent years, his decision to move to another club where regular starts may be initially limited provoked a slightly puzzled reaction from supporters.
However, De Gea - a friend of Hernandez's since he moved to England in 2011 - is clearly confident that the 26-year-old has the ability and the aptitude necessary to flourish in his new surroundings.
"I think he is a great signing for Real Madrid, he plays a little but he scores a lot," Manchester United's number-one goalkeeper said in an interview that was brought to our attention by The Daily Star.
"Chicharito is a great person, one of the nicest I have met in the footballing world. He will do really well at Real Madrid. I'm sure he'll do really well at Real Madrid. It's a kind of guarantee when you have confidence."
Even if Hernandez had wanted to stay at Manchester United, the club's late transfer activity - namely the final day capture of Radamel Falcao - would have seen the former Guadalajara favourite slip further down Louis van Gaal's pecking order.
Indeed, Hernandez was not the only striker to leave the 20-time top-flight champions as the clock ticked down to the end of the summer window.
Following the surprising decision to sign the prolific Falcao from Monaco, the club stepped up their attempts to offload Danny Welbeck, who eventually joined Arsenal for a fee of £16 million in a deal that was not ratified until some hours after the deadline has passed.
Manchester United fans, what do you make of De Gea's comments?
Will you miss Hernandez and do you think he is capable of making a real impact in Spain bearing in mind that Karim Benzema is currently Ancelotti's first-choice striker? Let us know you thoughts in the comment box provided below.
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