Javier Hernandez is hoping to stay in the Premier League next season, according to La Liga expert Guillem Balague, who does not expect the on-loan Manchester United striker to sign with Real Madrid permanently.
The Sky Sports pundit believes the Mexico international has already set his sights on a return to England this summer after a frustrating season-long spell at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Hernandez was deemed surplus to requirements by Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal last summer and looks set to leave Old Trafford for good when the transfer window reopens at the end of the season.
The 26-year-old has already received several tentative enquiries from England and North America, and although his future at the Theatre of Dreams appears bleak, Balague suggests the player has plenty of reason to be optimistic about what's to follow.
"He talks about frustration, and the frustration is not just about this year," he explained on Revista de La Liga. "It is about two bad years, where he hasn't been given the chances and has obviously lost his place in the line-up with Mexico as well.
"Now it is a matter of what he does next. He's got offers from the MLS, offers from the Premier League, he's got a good press in England.
"He quite clearly wants to stay in the Premier League, and he wants to play regularly which he hasn't been able to."
Hernandez has contributed five goals in all competitions for Real Madrid this season having been restricted to a bit-part role in Carlo Ancelotti's side.
However, the Italian tactician refused to rule out the possibility of Chicharito joining Los Blancos on a permanent contract after he netted in Saturday's 3-0 win over Eibar in La Liga.
"[Hernandez] did very well and worked hard. He scored a goal and could have had another," he was quoted by The Express. "And as for the future, he is owned by Manchester United. We will see at the end of the season."
Hernandez arrived at Manchester United in the summer of 2010 for around £6.5 million, and enjoyed a few successful seasons under the former tutelage of Sir Alex Ferguson before gradually falling down the first-team pecking order following the arrival of Robin van Persie two years later.
He was marginalised by David Moyes last season and allowed to leave the club by Van Gaal, who opted to bring in Colombian marksman Radamel Falcao on a temporary deal from AS Monaco.
That move hasn't exactly gone to plan, but Hernandez's future with the Red Devils still seems to be uncertain. He would probably benefit from severing ties completely and taking on a new challenge for 2015/16.
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