Carlo Ancelotti has challenged Javier Hernandez to continue his goalscoring form and become a ‘non-negotiable’ member of his Real Madrid squad.
The Mexican, who is currently on a season-long loan at the Santiago Bernabeu from Manchester United, scored a double in Los Blancos’ 4-2 victory over Celta Vigo on Sunday, and his Coach hinted at a permanent move if he could sustain his recent heroics.
“We had a very good game,” he said after the match.
“It was a great physical and mental battle. Celta played very well, but we’re satisfied and happy [with the win].
“The team are alive, have a good attitude and show it on the pitch. Chicharito is enjoying his time [on the pitch] and has been very good.
“The whole team worked well. We suffered many times, but we were very effective going forward. Both teams took risks and it made for a spectacular game.
“If Chicharito [continues playing] like this, he’ll be non-negotiable like Cristiano [Ronaldo], [Karim] Benzema, James [Rodriguez, Gareth [Bale], [Sergio] Ramos, Isco, [Raphael] Varane, Pepe…
“I have a non-negotiable squad but I can only play 11 at a time. The others must stay on the bench.
“At the moment, we’re not thinking about our rivals but only what we have to do.
“After the defeat at Barcelona, we wanted to be in contention for the League until the end [of the season].
“Our [only] objective is to win everything.”