Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti admits he may have made a mistake in choosing to overlook Javier Hernandez earlier in the campaign.
Hernandez, on loan at Madrid from Manchester United, has gone through a difficult season in Spain having often been left out of the starting XI.
However, the Mexican has returned to goalscoring form in recent weeks, scoring three goals in his last two games including the winner against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Ancelotti praised Hernandez’s recent contribution and expressed regret at not including him earlier.
Speaking about Hernandez, Ancelotti said: ”How many times do I make mistakes? I have to pick 11 players.
“You can make mistakes but you can’t spend time thinking about what you’ve done wrong. He’s done well, helped the side and hopefully he can continue.
“[A permanent transfer] is something we will analyse at the end of the season. I’m happy with his work through the year, he’s very professional and has made the most of his opportunity.
“For a manager to work alongside a player who is always ready and grabs his opportunities is very positive. It’s a very good thing.”
Fans can debate over Hernandez’s merits as a player all day long but there can be no arguments whatsoever that he is a natural born goalscorer.
The 26-year-old has given Man United supporters a number of memorable moments over the years and there have been calls for him to return to the club. However, recent comments from Louis van Gaal suggest he is unmoved on Hernandez despite his good recent form.