Madrid - European champions Real Madrid have confirmed the signing of Mexican
international striker Javier Hernandez on a season-long loan from
Manchester United on Monday.
"Real Madrid and Manchester United
have reached an agreement for the loan of Javier Hernandez, who will be
tied to the club for this season," the Spanish club said in a statement.
"Real Madrid reserves the option to buy the player."
becomes Real's fourth signing of the transfer window after the arrivals
of World Cup stars James Rodriguez, Toni Kroos and Keylor Navas.
am delighted and I want to thank everyone at this great institution for
the effort they showed in bringing me here," he said as he was paraded
in front of the media on Monday.
"There is not a player in the world who can say they haven't dreamed about playing for Real Madrid."
26-year-old scored 59 goals in 154 appearances for United over the past
four seasons, but had fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford
even before the English side reportedly sealed a sensational loan deal
for Colombian hitman Radamel Falcao on Monday.
He is expected to
provide cover for first-choice centre forward Karim Benzema after the
departure of the Frenchman's previous understudy Alvaro Morata to
Juventus in June.
"The most important thing is the present. I am
here to work, to adapt to the instructions of the coach and offer what
he asks," added Hernandez.
"All the players at the biggest club in
the world are important. Those that start and those that are on the
bench. We all have to do our bit to ensure this club keeps winning
However, there has been widespread discontent in the
Spanish media at the lack of a replacement for midfielders Angel di
Maria and Xabi Alonso, who were sold to Manchester United and Bayern
Munich respectively last week.
Madrid suffered a shock 4-2 defeat
on Sunday away at Real Sociedad having blown an early 2-0 lead with both
coach Carlo Ancelotti and captain Iker Casillas questioning the
Hernandez was a revelation in his first season
in England as he scored 20 times in 45 appearances as United won the
Premier League for a 19th time.
However, after a quieter second
season he found starting opportunities hard to come by as United
splashed out to pair Netherlands captain Robin van Persie with Wayne
Rooney in attack.