Javier Hernandez has confirmed that he did ask to leave West Ham in the January transfer window, amid fears of losing his World Cup place, as reported in the Mirror.
Despite initially being seen as a major coup for West Ham, Hernandez has found goals hard to come by this season, and has struggled for minutes as of late, starting just two of five Premier League matches last month.
The former Manchester United frontman fearer that he had little option but to seek an exit if was to keep his World Cup dream alive – but he was denied.
With Andy Carroll injured, and with Diafra Sakho and Andre Ayew both leaving in January, West Ham have limited options up front. Jordan Hugill was signed from Preston on deadline day, while Marko Arnautovic has also played as a striker this season.
Despite not getting his wish, Hernandez is determind to give his all to help retain West Ham’s Premier League status. He said;
Yes, it was the case that I wanted to go. Not because I don’t like West Ham, but because I need to have minutes on the pitch.
The World Cup is just around the corner and I want to play. But you can see that, even though my agent says I want to go, I have been doing everything I can in a West Ham shirt to help the team.
Against Bournemouth I scored a goal, I tried to play pretty well in the Cup [playing the full 90 minutes in their loss at Wigan] and, in the last game, against Crystal Palace, I tried to do my best.
I am a very professional guy and I want to do that.
Words can come and go. Your acts are going to speak for themselves. Now that the window is closed I am here and trying to achieve the main goals for the club, which is to be safe from relegation. Then, in the summer, we will see.
Hernandez also said he was settled in London. He continued;
How can I not be? Guadalajara, my home city, is one of the biggest in Mexico. I have always been in big cities.
I feel good with the fans. I think they are happy with me. They have treated me very well since the beginning. But I want to be better. I want to deliver for them.
Hernandez was also very honest in regards to other interested parties, but confirmed he is keen to work hard and reward the support of the fans.
Were there offers from rival clubs in England?
In the Premier League, yes.
Was he interested?
I was interested, yes. In one.
Obviously, they [the fans] are concerned. But what I see in the dressing room, what I feel, is that we want to be better. We all try to work very hard. We all want more points, more good results, to be higher in the table.
We want to make the fans happier and we are trying. We are working hard and the season is not over yet.