Javier Hernandez has compared Real Madrid Coach Carlo Ancelotti to former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and discussed his future.
Hernandez is on loan at Madrid from United and, as Los Blancos have dealt with a number of injuries to regular first teamers, has come into the side and hit a vein of goal scoring form.
His future isn’t clear, however, with speculation over a permanent exit from Old Trafford but his destination not known.
“I was very patient, I had great faith. That has been my life. I always rowed upstream,” Hernandez said, AS reports, in an interview with El Laguero in which it was put to him he was Madrid’s forgotten man.
“I’ve proven that I am what I say I am and, thanks to God, I’ve succeeded. I’m not a conformist. If I play five games, I want 10, 20…these months have been complicated, like I said in that interview in Mexico.
“More than depressed, I was frustrated [at being out of the XI] because I wanted to help the team. It wasn’t a nice situation.
“My cousin helped me when everything was going wrong. I wondered if I had the talent to play for Madrid. My family told me: “You’re silly. If you’re there it’s because you do.” I’m happy now.
“When I wasn’t playing I was treated like any other member of the squad. From the No. 3 goalkeeper to Cristiano Ronaldo. Keylor Navas is my closest friend.
“It’s part of football [should he be dropped when Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale return]. Whether I’m here or not all I want is that I’m remembered because I didn’t do a lot wrong. I don’t pick the team. I can’t pick myself.
“I understand and it’s a world class locker room and only 11 can play. You have to play or wait.”
Current United manager Louis van Gaal has been quoted as saying Hernandez’s future lies away from Manchester, and the Mexico international was asked to compare the trainers under whom he’s worked.
“I don’t know if Van Gaal said that or not. A British newspaper took a statement from before the derby that wasn’t mine,” Chicharito continued.
“If he did say that you have to respect his opinion. If not everyone in the world likes Cristiano or Lionel Messi, imagine what it’s like four steps down.
“There are a lot of differences [between Van Gaal and Ancelotti]. Ancelotti has more contact with us and is more tranquil. Van Gaal likes routines, schedules always the same. He’s very strict.
“Ancelotti is more like Ferguson. He gives you more freedom.
“Madrid and United are two of the top five clubs in the world. The culture between the English and the Spanish is totally different, but they both want to win a lot of trophies.”