Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez has shed light on the difficulties he faced on loan at Real Madrid last season, but also praised ex-Red Devil Cristiano Ronaldo for his on-field quality.
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The Mexican hitman spent last season on loan at the Bernabeu, but despite scoring several vital goals, he spent large portions of the season on the peripheries of the squad.
Real had been linked with a permanent move for the 27-year-old forward, but ultimately, it looks like new boss Rafael Benitez will not be looking to bring Chicharito back to the Spanish capital [Mirror].
“The goal against Atletico was a relief because it was a difficult year with very few opportunities,” he said, remembering his terrific Champions League semi-final effort against Real’s city rivals in an interview with AS [via Sky Sports].
“It was a release. I had to sit on the bench a lot. My time in Madrid was massively frustrating because I did not feel important.”
In total, the forward made 23 appearances in the Spanish top flight, of which only seven outings were starts. He managed seven goals and four assists in La Liga.
His contribution was even less notable in the Champions League, with eight outings (five from the bench) producing only one goal, albeit the valuable effort against Atleti.
However, in a separate interview, the former Guadalajara man does take some positives from his testing campaign, and saw fit to praise his ex-Real teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.
“Cristiano is a great player. There are no words to describe him. He is a clear example that hard work pays off,” Chicharito noted, speaking to Univision [via the Telegraph].
“The season at Real Madrid was one full of learning. It helped me find myself again as a player.”
The forward appears unlikely to break into Louis van Gaal’s first team at United following his struggles in Spain, and looks set for a summer departure.
There is likely to be considerable interest in the forward, who demonstrated his class in the Premier League under Sir Alex Ferguson, and The National name Inter Milan, AC Milan and Tottenham Hotspur as the clubs linked to his signature.