Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea admits he misses his close friend Javier Hernandez and has described the Mexico international as one of the “best goalscorer in the world”.
Louis van Gaal opted to sell the live-wire forward shortly after his nightmare cameo appearance against Club Brugge in the Champions League play-off rounds back in August. The 27-year-old came off the bench, missed a penalty and skied a gilt-edged chance over the crossbar from a yard out. Days later he was offloaded to Bayer Leverkusen for £7.3 million.
Hernandez and De Gea spent last season apart - the former was sent on loan to Real Madrid for the campaign - but they kept in contact. Now they are at separate clubs again, and De Gea admits he misses his old pal.
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"I miss him a lot in Manchester," the Spain international was quoted as saying by ESPN. "We were always together, in everything. He is a very good friend of mine. We went out to eat, played Playstation, I went to his house; he came to mine.
“Our families get on well too. His parents would cook Mexican food, my family would cook too -- typical Spanish meals."
Hernandez is on fire in Germany
But although he misses Chicharito, De Gea is pleased that his former teammate is flourishing in the Bundesliga.
In his last six matches, the Mexican has scored eight goals. His confidence has returned following two frustrating season and the goals are flowing once more.
"It is difficult for him, for any player, to play little," De Gea added. "Then when he came on, he scored. I learned from him when I came to Manchester, he is a hard worker, always first to training and last to leave. He does not relax if he is not playing, keeps working hard.
"They were difficult moments, but everyone trusts in him, knows the level he has. He always does something, always scores goals when he gets playing time. He is showing now he is among best goal scorers in the world."
Chicharito could have done a job this season
Given the fact Van Gaal decided to offload both Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao in the summer, it came as a big surprise when the Dutch coach also agreed to sell Hernandez late in the transfer window.
United have struggled to score goals this season - Man City, Arsenal, Tottenham, Leicester City, West Ham, Everton and Southampton have all outscored them so far - and Chicharito would certainly have been a useful option.
That cameo against Club Brugge, however, proved to be the final nail in the coffin for the ex-Chivas Guadalajara star.
But it seems it was a blessing in disguise for the striker, who has rediscovered his love for the game over recent weeks.
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