Javier Hernandez frustrated with lack of playing time at Real Madrid

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United loanee Javier Hernandez has spoken of his frustration over a lack of playing time at Real Madrid.

Hernandez joined the European champions on a year-long loan from Man United last summer but he has made just one La Liga start for the club.

Madrid have an option to make the Mexican’s deal permanent at the end of the season but it is highly likely that he will be sent back to United in the summer.

Hernandez insists he is giving his all for Madrid but admitted spending time on the bench has given his confidence a blow.

Speaking about life at Madrid, Hernandez said: “My situation is frustrating. I cooperate, I help and give my 100% in training but in the games the opportunities are slim.

“I’m in a team but left out of what is important, which are the games. At times my confidence is rock bottom although I try for it to be sky high, thanks to the people that are always there with me and support me.”

“The most important thing is to have opportunities and feel confidence in yourself. Whenever they [Real] have placed their confidence in me, the numbers have been positive.”

With the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and James Rodriguez at the club, it was always unlikely that Hernandez would make a significant impact at Madrid.

It’s an unfortunate situation for the 26-year-old, who is a firm favourite at United having scored a number of important goals during his four-year spell at the club. Hernandez may yet get a chance under Louis van Gaal given Radamel Falcao’s failed loan spell this term, but it is a long shot. With Southampton reportedly interested in him, it appears Hernandez will move on in the summer.

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