After sealing a season-long loan switch from Manchester United, Javier Hernandez appears to be taking no time at all to adjust to life at Real Madrid.
The Mexico striker recently tweeted a picture of himself at dinner with new teammates Keylor Navas and James Rodriguez, who are also fresh arrivals at the Bernabeu this season, following their signings from Levante and Monaco, respectively.
Both impressed at the World Cup this summer, with goalkeeper Navas helping Costa Rica to the quarter-finals to earn a move to Spanish capital, and Colombian talisman Rodriguez taking home the Golden Boot with six goals in five matches, before a £63 million transfer.
Hernandez, meanwhile, made six starts in 24 league games for United last season, with just four goals to show for his efforts, taking an obvious step back from the promise he showed during the previous three campaigns under Sir Alex Ferguson.
The 66-times capped international also lost his place in Mexico’s starting lineup in Brazil, but had been hoping that a fresh start with new United manager Louis van Gaal could get his career back on track.
However, he was deemed surplus to requirements under the Dutchman, and will now bid to rebuild his once-flourishing reputation with the European champions, with a view to a permanent £17 million move if he impresses.
Competing for first-team minutes among the plethora of attacking talent, Hernandez could struggle to see the pitch at Real but, as demonstrated during his first three seasons at Old Trafford, he can no doubt be a useful goalscorer for a top European club.
The former Chivas front man netted 50 times in 117 total appearances for United prior to the disappointing 2013-14 campaign, often being used as an impact sub of the bench, and, if he can reprise that role for Carlo Ancelotti’s side, then the club should be more than satisfied with his addition.