Thursday 22 March 2018

Carlo Ancelotti drops hint at Real Madrid summer move for Manchester United striker

Real Madrid manager hints he could hand Manchester United striker a permanent contract this summer after superb recent form

Javier Hernandez could make a permanent move to Real Madrid this summer
Javier Hernandez could make a permanent move to Real Madrid this summer

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has hinted that he could yet make Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez's move to Spain permanent this summer.

Hernandez had seemed certain to leave Real at the end of the season after being relegated to the fringe of Ancelotti's first-team squad for most of the campaign.

With United unlikely to want him back next season, the Mexico international - who moved to the Bernabeu on a season-long loan last summer - was in danger of being left in limbo.

But the 26-year-old has undergone a transformation in recent weeks, scoring four times in as many games, including the crucial winner in the Champions League quarter-final against Atletico Madrid.

And Ancelotti said his professionalism despite having limited playing time until Benzema's recent injury could lead to a permanent move to the Spanish capital.

He said: "It is a subject that we will evaluate at the end of the season. What I can say is that I have liked his professionalism during the whole year," Ancelotti added.

"He is enjoying his opportunity a lot, he has a high level of professionalism and for a coach to have these type of players that are always ready is very positive."

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