Ancelotti insists Hernandez won’t be leaving the Bernabeu

by Sam Peoples

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has insisted that on-loan Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez is going nowhere amid uncertainty over where his future lies.

Hernandez has seen his minutes on the pitch decrease for the Spanish side in recent months and reports earlier in the month suggested that he had rejected a move to the MLS.

Speaking about Hernandez’s future at the club, Ancelotti said: ”Chicharito [Hernandez] has remained here as we need him.

“I do not know how much playing time [he will get], but he has told me he is happy to stay here and work for us.

“If he gets opportunity, he will be ready to play. He has shown great professionalism and I appreciate that.”

Hernandez enjoyed a promising debut for Madrid, scoring two superb goals against Deportivo La Coruna.

His situation has progressively worsened since then and Marca reported earlier this month that the Mexican had fallen out of favour at the club, with popular youngster Jese often being preferred in attack since his return from injury.

The recent Copa del Rey double-header against Atletico Madrid presented a good opportunity for the 25-year-old to get back into the side, but he could not even make the bench for the 2-0 defeat in the first leg.

In the second leg, Hernandez was on the bench but was not brought on despite the fact that Madrid were chasing two goals.

After becoming a fans’ favourite at Old Trafford, it is a shame to see Hernandez become so marginalised at Madrid. He will come back to Manchester in the summer but it remains to be seen where he will be next season.

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