May 21, 2014, 9:54 PM EST
As the World Cup gets closer day by day, Javier Hernandez is gearing up to lead Miguel Herrera’s Mexican attack on the steep climb ahead of them in Brazil.
Drawn into a tough group and coming off a near-failure in CONCACAF qualifying, Hernandez’s Mexico is limping into the World Cup.
But something outside of Brazil is still on Hernandez’s mind…his club future. With Louis van Gaal preparing wholesale changes to the Manchester United squad, Hernandez is likely on the outside looking in.
That’s no surprise given the fact that Chicharito has been a super-sub at Old Trafford for what seems to be an eternity now (actually just four years), and yet Hernandez is still just 25 years old.
There will be no shortage of suitors for the prolific striker, but at the moment, it’s weighing on him. “My future could be decided tomorrow, a little after, inside three months, I could stay there [in Manchester], I honestly don’t know,” Hernandez told reporters in Mexico. “My people are working it out,” he said. “I’m here trying to be 100-percent focused.”
It’s also disturbing the mind of Herrera, who’s somewhat fed up with how he’s been used at Manchester United in the past.
“In the case of Chicharo, I believe it’d be in his interest to leave so he is taken into consideration to play,” Herrera said at a press conference in Mexico.
Considering the places Hernandez has been linked in the media with, it’s nearly impossible to get a bead on what level he could be playing at
The “Little Pea” has been connected with places like Real Madrid, which would probably be no better than his situation at Old Trafford; West Ham and Aston Villa, which are somewhat beneath a striker of his stature; and Inter, which would likely make the most sense, although it would be a shame for the Premier League to lose him.
With so much uncertainty surrounding his future, it’s no surprise he seems somewhat stressed about the situation. It will be interesting to see if that bit of personal frustration manifests itself into something more detrimental in Brazil.
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