Javier Hernandez moved to Real Madrid

Mexican international Javier Hernandez completed a move from Manchester United to Real Madrid – on a loan deal – the summer in the hope that he would get more first-team action.

After all, the Mexican international has an excellent goals to game ratio. Yet, he has never been preferred for the first-team. This led to his loan move to Madrid, but his situation has not improved due to intense competition for places at the Spanish club.

Former Madrid striker Emilio Butragueno recently praised Hernandez for the professionalism that he has shown off the pitch.

The 26-year-old has managed only three goals in 13 appearances for the club, but only one start came in the league. Most of his minutes have been as a substitute and it has not really allowed him to make a mark on the game. Due to this poor goal record, Hernandez could end up returning to United in the summer. It was initially thought that Madrid would be interested in making a permanent move depending upon the success of the Mexican. However, since he has been unable to dislodge Karim Benzema from the first-team spot, the Spanish outfit are unlikely to convert in this deal into a permanent transfer.

"[Hernandez] is an incredible player, a fighter and at Real Madrid that virtue is essential. The competition for places is very high, but he is a great forward, when he has played he has responded, he has scored goals. It is Carlo's decision. Javier trains well and is a great professional, but without any doubt the competition for places is very tough,” said Emilio Butragueno. The only hope for Hernandez to get game time at Madrid now is to wish for injuries to key players like Benzema, who has scored 15 goals – with a nine coming in the league – in 22 appearances so far.