Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal's decision to let Javier Hernandez join Real Madrid has resulted in a positive change that is already benefitting the Mexican striker's career, according to his national coach Miguel Herrera.
Hernandez was deemed surplus to requirements by Van Gaal, allowed to make a surprise late summer transfer to La Liga in search of more consistent first-team opportunities elsewhere.
Herrera has watched Hernandez grow frustrated over a lack of game time at United over the last 18 months and made him a peripheral figure in Mexico's World Cup campaign as a result.
Following in the footsteps of Mexico and Madrid legend Hugo Sanchez has helped change that stance though, with Herrera telling El Nuevo Herald that the 26-year-old's desire has returned.
Herrera ready to make Hernandez his star striker once again
Herrera insisted: "I see he's very well, very happy, I think it is a change that has benefited him
"He always has a great delivery, but now I see it with great gusto and desire."
"On the first date we talked for FIFA to stay (with club) and to determine their future, and surprised us all (his move to Madrid.) Today is physically fine, and is very motivated to get results"
The 26-year-old has proved his international credentials consistently across 63 appearances for El Tri, but 37 goals in that time will not be enough solely to persuade Herrera that 'Chicharito' deserves to start ahead of Oribe Peralta consistently.
Strong form for Madrid when called upon is what Herrera wants from the Mexican marksman and that's exactly what the former United fan favourite has shown since moving to the Spanish capital.
Hernandez scored twice in just 13 minutes during a substitute appearance for Madrid earlier this season, the kind of clinical impact from the bench that Sir Alex Ferguson used to count upon regularly in the Premier League.
More strong showings like that look set to secure Hernandez a permanent £23m move to the Bernabeu next summer, and a return to the role of Mexico's main man to boot.
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