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Javier Hernandez: Bayer Leverkusen move a great opportunity

by Leo Nieboer

Javier Hernandez has revealed his happiness at securing a move to Bayer Leverkusen.

The striker joined Leverkusen from Manchester United for a fee of £7.3m earlier today after spending five years at Old Trafford.

Hernandez’s departure paves the way for Man United to sign French prodigy Anthony Martial – who passed his medical this afternoon ahead of a £36m move.

The 27-year-old enthused at the fresh opportunity in the Bundesliga.

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“I have played in two of the three major leagues in Europe – the Premier League and the Primera Division in Spain,” said Hernandez.

“Now I want to experience the Bundesliga. I have heard a lot about the great stadiums in Germany, where the fans are unique.

“It’s wonderful to get the chance to play for a club like Leverkusen, who I know from the Champions League.

“This is a great opportunity and I want to achieve great things here.”

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Hernandez, once a fans’ favourite at United and a perennial goalscoring threat, is clearly not rated highly by Louis van Gaal. The striker, who was destined to be consigned to sporadic substitute appearances if he remained at United, will benefit from regular football in Germany far more than playing second fiddle to the seemingly undroppable Wayne Rooney.

Many United fans will be sceptical about seeing a largely unknown prodigy in Martial take the place of a proven goalscorer. However, if Hernandez’s performance against Club Brugge was anything to go by, it seems like he needs to move elsewhere in order to rediscover his goalscoring touch.

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