Media outlets in the UK and Spain are reporting one of the more predictable non-transfers you’ll read about this summer – Real Madrid have decided not to take up the option to sign Javier Hernandez.
The Mexican striker spent the 2014-15 season on loan from Manchester United but found regular first team football hard to come by at the Santiago Bernabeu.
He arrived on transfer deadline day last summer, shortly after Madrid had sold Alvaro Morata to Juventus. The Spaniard had grown frustrated at the lack of first team opportunities and Real were on the look out for an experienced striker who could do a job in the absence of regular trio Ronaldo, Gareth Bale or Karim Benzema.
In total, Chicharito, as he is know, scored nine goals in 33 appearances for Los Blancos. Undoubtedly, his personal highlight would be netting the last minute winner in the tense Champions League quarter final against city rivals Atletico de Madrid.
The 27-year-old will now return to Manchester where his future is uncertain. United will need to reinforce their attacking options having decided not to keep Radamel Falcao, but Hernandez’ future almost certainly lies away from Old Trafford. Premier League sides Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham are believed to be leading the chase for his signature.