Javier Hernandez: I had numerous offers from Italy when I left Man United

by Ben Topliss

Javier Hernandez has revealed a number of Italian clubs were interested in him when he decided to leave Manchester United in the summer.

Hernandez was deemed surplus to requirements at Man United by Louis van Gaal last year and the Mexican eventually moved to Bayer Leverkusen.

Since then, he has gone on to become one of the deadliest strikers in the Bundesliga this season having scored 26 goals in 38 games in all competitions. However, he claimed his situation could have panned out differently.

“Juventus, Inter, AC Milan Lazio and Roma tried to sign me in the summer,” Hernandez said.

“I picked Leverkusen because of the Champions League and they made me feel wanted. They were convinced I could help them improve and that made me smile.”

Chicharito has always been a top player but he was never going to be happy with a bit-part role at United this term. The decision to let him go made sense at the time but he has since proven van Gaal wrong. For United fans, the silver lining to the whole episode is Marcus Rashford’s sensational emergence at Old Trafford in recent months.

I always loved Chicharito. He was a superb player for us and there’s no denying how important he was but he left at the right time and his success at Leverkusen doesn’t change that. He wouldn’t have worked well under van Gaal so it was the right decision for his own career and now he’s found a new lease of life, he’s gone back to his best and I’m happy for him.

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