Mexico international Javier Hernandez has joined Real Madrid on a season-long loan, reports the BBC. The Manchester United player has switched to the European champions in search of more regular playing time within a top class team.
The forward had fallen out of favour at Man United within the past 12 months, ever since the arrival of David Moyes. Hernandez had struggled to earn a starting position after the club’s purchase of Robin Van Persie in 2012, but under Moyes the Mexican’s impact fell even further.
With the appointment of Louis Van Gaal at the helm of United, the player might have hoped for a change in fortune. However, the situation does not look to have changed too much up front at Old Trafford, where Wayne Rooney and Van Persie are still the first choice pairing for Premier League clashes.
Hernandez is likely to struggle to get into Carlo Ancelotti’s Madrid side at the Bernabeu, but has accepted the move as a fresh start and a new challenge. The 26 year old is in danger of being frozen out of the Mexico national side unless he is able to make more appearances at club level, and he will now be vying with Karim Benzema to make sure that he is given the game time that he needs.