Bayer Leverkusen chief heavily critical of Louis van Gaal's decision to sell Javier Hernandez
Bayer Leverkusen CEO Michael Schade has hit out at Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, after suggesting he made a big mistake in allowing Javier Hernandez to leave Old Trafford last summer.
Hernandez - who goes by the nick-name of Chicharito - has been a sparkling success in his first season with Leverkusen, scoring seven goals in his last five appearances and 19 goals in all competition so far.
Now Leverkusen chief Schade has suggested Van Gaal didn’t appreciate the qualities of the player he allowed to leave for around £7m last summer.
“Mr. Van Gaal did not know that (Chicharito) is a good player,” Schade told Goal USA “That’s what I read in the English newspapers.
“They are criticizing his former coach, Louis van Gaal because he didn’t recognize what kind of talent this was.
“To be honest, Manchester would need a striker like him for the time being, but we’re happy to have him.
“I think it was a big surprise for many football fans all over the word that he decided to go to Leverkusen, because he’s played at (Real) Madrid and Manchester (United).
“We are a top team, a European top team, but not belonging to the first five. Nevertheless, we were convinced that he could help us to fulfill our objectives and that’s what he did.
“He’s scored nearly every game. He’s very successful and very popular, so we have the ideal combination between success on the pitch and also success in merchandising and marketing activities, because he’s so well known and so popular in Latin America, and here in North America.”
Schade confirmed that Hernandez’s popularity in his native Mexico was part of the reason why Leverkusen signed him last summer, but he insists the quality of the player they signed was also crucial in making the decision.
“If you have a player that is a national hero you can use that for marketing activities, but first of all you decide to buy a player because he’s a good player and can help the team. Chicharito is both,” he added.
“He’s a very good player, and on the other side he’s kind of an idol in this part of the world.”