Real Madrid have decided not to exercise their option to sign Javier Hernandez following the end of his loan spell and he will return to Manchester United this week.
The 26-year-old had a very indifferent loan spell at Madrid up until a series of injuries to Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema opened up an opportunity for him to get some first-team action.
He took advantage of that chance by scoring important goals for Madrid including the winner in their UEFA Champions League quarter-final against Atletico Madrid but despite a relatively strong end to his loan spell, Madrid don’t want to sign him on a permanent deal.
Chicharito will now come back to Man United but the expectation is that his return will be short lived.
Louis van Gaal has already sent Radamel Falcao back to AS Monaco after his loan spell expired and Chicharito is highly unlikely to feature in his long-term plans, so United will be immediately on the lookout for any potential suitors for the Mexican forward.
There was once a time where Chicharito was one of United’s best assets in attack but that isn’t the case anymore. Van Gaal’s fluid 4-3-3 style of football depends on an isolated striker who has the ability to be involved in far more of the game than simply scoring goals, and that doesn’t suit Chicharito.
Although Hernandez isn’t keen on a move to the MLS, it’s something he should at least consider because he’d be one of the biggest stars in that league thanks to the intense support he’d get from the Latin community in the USA.