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Javier Hernandez: I did not feel important at Real Madrid

by Sam Koster

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez has spoken of his frustration from an unsuccessful loan at Real Madrid.

The Mexican international was allowed to join the Spanish giants on loan last summer when Louis van Gaal deemed him surplus to requirements.

It was a move which had the potential to galvanise Chicharito’s career but it ended up being a frustrating campaign in Madrid as he only made seven starts for Los Blancos.

Madrid decided not to exercise their option-to-buy clause on Hernandez and speaking about the loan, he made it clear how frustrated he was with how it went.

“The goal against Atletico was a relief because it was a difficult year with very few opportunities,” Hernandez said.

“It was a release. I had to warm the bench a lot. My time in Madrid was massively frustrating because I did not feel important.”

“Cristiano is a great player. There are no words to describe him. He is a clear example that hard work pays off.

“The season at Real Madrid was one full of learning. It helped me find myself again as a player.”


United fans may feel somewhat unsympathetic towards Hernandez and that if the Mexican international wanted more first-team football, he should have looked elsewhere.

Did he really expect to become a regular starter at Madrid? He was always going to play third or fourth fiddle to the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale.

Despite Chicharito being a fan favourite amongst United supporters, it is highly unlikely he will earn a spot in Van Gaal’s team because he is simply not dynamic enough to fit in United’s style of play under the Dutchman.

There were some fantastic moments from Chicharito in a United shirt but his exit looks like an inevitability this summer. Luckily for him, he is young enough to go on and enjoy a great career elsewhere and we certainly hope he can do that.

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