Chicharito eyes Atletico Madrid move to forget Louis Van Gaal

There are many UK tabloids pointing at Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez’s departure from Manchester United in the next few weeks, given the lack of trust Van…
Chicharito eyes Atletico Madrid move to forget Louis Van Gaal

Mexico’s Javier Hernandez (14) celebrates scoring his side’s 3rd goal during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

There are many UK tabloids pointing at Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez’s departure from Manchester United in the next few weeks, given the lack of trust Van Gaal has in him. With Atletico Madrid having become one of the top clubs of the year –will compete in the Champions League as La Liga winner–, changing Old Trafford for Vicente Calderon may not be a very bad deal for the Mexican.

In Madrid, Hernandez could get the playing time he deserves and put tons of miles between him and Louis Van Gaal.

Chicharito’s 2014 summer will not be remembered as the best of his life. He saw how his spot in the Mexican National Team starting lineup was definitely lost to Oribe Peralta, as the former Chivas player came out only as a back up during the crucial World Cup games, and once back in Mancheter, he learned his new manager has put him on the transfer list and did not plan to take him to the USA pre-season tour.

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It was a hard blow for the Mexican, and although the board made Louis Van Gaal reconsider including him on the list –surely given the commercial pull Chicharito has in the US–, it’s already quite obvious that his place is far from Old Trafford next season.

Van Gaal is known to not keep many prisoners when he goes to war. He likes to build his own teams, with players he trusts, and only accepts to manage clubs where they let him do as he pleases with the current squad.

When he signed for Barcelona –during his first adventure with the Blaugranas—in 1997 as the Champions League winner with Ajax, he asked for seven transfers, and brought in a slew of players better suited to his liking from his former team.

Now at Manchester United his idea is pretty similar.

The Red Devils see Van Gaal as the long-term bet manager that can finally take the helm of the club from Sir Alex Ferguson. The failed attempts of making David Moyes and Ryan Giggs proved not worthy of a legendary club like Manchester United, finishing seventh in the Premier League and outside of any European competition berth-slot for the first time in over 20 years.

The Dutchman has already made a long transfer list with players he wants out of the team before September 1st, and alongside Chicharito, he has marked the names of Ashley Young, Wilfred Zaha, Bebe, Anderson, Tom Cleverley, Nani, Nick Powell and Marouane Fellaini.

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Chicharito, however, has a great status within European soccer. His year and a half under Sir Alex Ferguson, in which he became one of the deadliest strikers in the business, still hasn’t been forgotten by some of the top clubs in the continent, and many are the suitors that would love to see the Mexican lining up on their side.

The team with the clearest chance to sign him is Atletico Madrid.

After losing their starting duo of attackers –David Villa to NYC and Diego Costa to Chelsea—, Diego Simeone is keen on rebuilding his front line in hopes to have as good a year as he did last season.

With Mario Mandzukic already signed from Bayern Munich, the spot for the second forward, the man with mobility behind the main target and who can link up with the middle, is still vacant. Javier Hernandez is considered the best option for that role, and Cholo Simeone knows that the warrior-like attitude of Chicharito can fit his team’s playing profile perfectly.