Guillem Balague confirms Real Madrid have not exercised the right to buy Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez

The Mexican has been on loan at Real Madrid for the past season.

Last summer Real Madrid wanted a new striker to help alleviate the pressure of Karim Benzema leading the line at the club.

It looked like Radamel Falcao would arrive on loan from AS Monaco, but that deal never happened. He instead headed to Manchester United. With that in mind, a Manchester United striker headed to the Bernabeu.

Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez had struggled for first-team football at United in the previous season and that left him open to an exit.

He has had a fairly uninspiring time at Real, scoring just eight times in 29 appearances. However, his recent form has been impressive. He scored twice against Celta Vigo and the winning goal against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.

Despite this fact, Real have just allowed their buy-out clause on the player to expire.

Sky Sports Spanish football expert Guillem Balague confirmed the news on his official Twitter account in the early hours of the morning:

Real needed to secure Hernandez's permanent signing by May but they have not done so, leaving his future up for debate.

It will be interesting to see whether that future is at Manchester United.

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