Chicharito commits future to United
Published 13/10/2011 | 05:00
Javier HernAndez has ended speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid by agreeing a new five-year contract at Manchester United.
The 23-year-old, a £6m signing from Chivas de Guadalajara in April 2010, becomes the 13th member of Alex Ferguson's first-team squad to commit to a new contract over the past 12 months after being rewarded for his hugely impressive debut campaign in English football last season.
'Chicharito' scored 20 goals in 45 appearances in all competitions last term and the Mexican's form resulted in him ousting club record signing Dimitar Berbatov from the first team during that campaign.
His goalscoring form prompted speculation linking Real with a move for the player, but despite being just one year into a four-year contract at Old Trafford, Hernandez has now been elevated to the club's second tier of earners -- behind the £160,000-a-week Wayne Rooney -- by agreeing a deal worth in the region of £90,000 a week that will tie him to United until 2016.
Eduardo Hernandez, Chicharito's representative, said: "We have renegotiated Javier's contract and he is now committed for five years with Manchester United. There is nothing in the speculation (with Real) and it was never likely that Javier would leave United.
"His initial contract was a little tentative for Manchester and for Javier because it enabled them both to see if they could fit together and if he could achieve what was expected of him. Both sides have met their expectations, however, and United were happy to reward Javier after his very good performances last season."
By completing negotiations with Hernandez, the only senior player now facing an uncertain future at United is £30.75m man Berbatov, whose current contract expires at the end of the season and who has has started just one league game for United this season.
United hold a one-way option which allows the club to trigger a one-year extension on the 30-year-old's contract, a move which would prevent Berbatov from leaving on a free transfer next summer.
Berbatov has insisted he does not want to leave United, but he will be free to talk to other clubs in January if a new contract at Old Trafford fails to materialise. (© Daily Telegraph, London)
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