Alex Ferguson Insists Real Madrid Target Javier Hernandez Is In His Plans

Manchester United boss says Mexican forward still has a role at the club.

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has praised Javier Hernandez in the wake of the Mexican being linked with a move to Real Madrid.

The Sun claim that the Spanish giants would command United duo Hernandez and Nani as well as cash for Cristiano Ronaldo to return to Old Trafford.

Ronaldo is also subject to a giant £80million bid from Ligue 1 club PSG, but the Portuguese star is said to favour a return to Manchester United, where he spent a highly successful six years.

Hernandez looked like becoming another hero at United when he joined in 2010, but the striker has found first-team football hard to come by since his first season with the club, making just 19 league appearances this year after falling behind the likes of Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck in the pecking order.

Real Madrid are admirers of the former Guadalajara player, and are looking to add a striker to their side this summer, with Gonzalo Higuain expected to leave the club. Ronaldo could also leave after a disappointing season at the Bernebeu, and his return to United would certainly be the story of the summer.

It won’t come cheap though, and Ferguson may be reluctant to lose two important squad players to bring Ronaldo back. He certainly gave the impression that Hernandez was a valued member of his team and that he hopes to keep him.

“There is no reason to think this is not the place for him,” the Scot said.

“We hope he feels he has made a contribution. He has scored 16 goals and his enthusiasm to play is always there.”

Hernandez has also been linked with Real’s rivals Atletico Madrid.

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