Monday 24 October 2016

Javier Hernandez reveals that he left Manchester United to 'feel important and happy'

Published 01/09/2015 | 14:28

Javier Hernandez
Javier Hernandez

Javier Hernandez has revealed he left Manchester United for Bayer Leverkusen because he wanted to be happy again.

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The Mexico striker, who spent last season on loan at Real Madrid, has signed a three-year contract after the clubs agreed a fee believed to be around £7.3million.

Hernandez was on the bench for United's 2-1 Barclays Premier League defeat at Swansea on Sunday but last started for the team more than a year ago.

The Bundesliga high flyers unveiled Hernandez at a press conference on Tuesday and he said: "I want to go back to feeling important and happy. I want to find happiness.

"Bayer made me feel important and loved and coming here was not a difficult decision to make. They made me feel wanted."

The 27-year-old returned to United after scoring nine goals during his spell with Real - including the winner in their Champions League quarter-final against city rivals Atletico - but manager Louis van Gaal has again allowed him to leave.

Hernandez continued: "I want to help and achieve important things. I have felt very loved.

"I hope to accomplish things in my head and in my heart."

Leverkusen will play in Champions League Group E this season alongside Barcelona, Roma and BATE Borisov.

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