Manchester United mustn’t listen to any 'offers' from Atletico Madrid for Javier Hernandez.
When a player as good as Falcao looks set to leave your club, it’s only natural to look around for enthusiastic and hungry young strikers to replace him.
Atletico Madrid have been linked with a £15 million move for Javier Hernandez but it’s a move that United can’t let happen for the good of the current team.
Goal.com has reported that Falcao and Adrian Lopez are definitely on their way out of the Spanish club whether that’s by the end of January or at the end of the season.
The arrival of Robin Van Persie at Old Trafford started rumours that Hernandez would seek a move away from the club and the re-surfacing of stories linking Atletico with a bid for the Mexican are simply a repeat of this.
Give Sir Alex Ferguson a little bit of credit. Having seen the way Hernandez has played for United so far this season, if the Scot sold him then maybe it would be a good time for him to retire.
It’s not going to happen because Hernandez embodies everything which is great about a modern striker in the respect that he runs around like a kid in the street.
Anything you read about him being down the pecking order at Old Trafford is simply speculation aimed at fuelling the strength of that particular transfer story.
He’s on a five-year deal at Old Trafford which is currently due to expire in 2015 and it’s much more likely that the club will look to extend this deal beyond that point, long before they are likely to sell him.
If United sold him, he is the exact sort of player they would look to try and replace him with, hence there is absolute no sense in them forcing him out or letting him leave without putting up a scrap of a fight.
You also need to look into where these transfer rumours started and they don’t seem to have emanated from any legitimate or trustworthy source of note.
It’s fair enough to suggest that Hernandez is not getting the volume of games that a player of his quality justifies but neither are many other members of the current United team.
Danny Welbeck is another striker who has been linked with a move away from the club for the same reasons yet he was man of the match for United against Liverpool last weekend.
Until United or Atletico Madrid launch an official statement saying otherwise, Chicharito is, and will remain, a Manchester United player.
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