Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has dismissed reports of a possible January return to Manchester United for loan star Javier Hernandez.
The Mexican international joined Los Blancos on a season-long loan deal in the summer after falling out of favour with new United boss Louis van Gaal.
Since trading the Red Devils for the Spanish capital, Hernandez – nicknamed as Chicharito – has been used sparingly as he remains behind number one striker Karim Benzema in the pecking order.
Now that Madrid favourite Jese Rodriguez has returned from a long-term injury layoff, Chicharito’s presence on the pitch could be cut even shorter prompting rumours of ending his loan spell in January.
Speaking ahead of the weekend clash against La Liga rivals Celta Vigo, Italian coach Ancelotti rubbished such reports and stated his intentions of starting the striker in the upcoming Champions League clash.
“I understand his position within the squad. We have forwards who are performing well. He will get to play against Ludogorets, he won’t be leaving the club in January,” he told the Spanish newspaper AS.
The United loanee has made just six La Liga appearances this season, scoring three goals including a Goal of the Month winner during the 8-2 thrashing of Deportivo La Coruna.
The 26-year-old’s long-term future is uncertain, with further speculation in recent weeks pointing at a possible move to fellow Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.