Manchester United have rejected a transfer approach from Chelsea for Mexican striker Javier Hernandez. The Blues, who are still looking to replace Ivorian striker Didier Drogba, are believed to have enquired after Hernandez' availability, as they look to sign a forward to complement Spaniard Fernando Torres.
Chelsea's interest may have been triggered by speculation that the 24-year-old Hernandez was unsettled at Old Trafford following Robin van Persie's arrival. However, perhaps as a measure of reassurance, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was quick to include Hernandez' name when discussing attacking options for the season.
"My situation now is I have the possibility that I can play Rooney through, van Persie through, Chicharito [Hernandez] through and I've got Danny Welbeck, who can play through. I've also got Shinji Kagawa playing in that hole behind and he's a fantastic, young footballer. That's my dilemma and (we) also have young Federico Macheda, who is only 20 years old and still improving," Ferguson told the club's official website.
Meanwhile, Hernandez himself seems relaxed about his prospects for the season. The youngster claimed he was happy with the idea of competition for a first team place and that having a degree of competition could be good for him. In addition, the player's agent, Eduardo Hernandez, has insisted his client is not looking to move.
"We are not looking to leave, unless the club tells us otherwise, a situation we have not received from their side. There is a contract and Javier will look to meet it. Manchester's people are honourable and they have told us nothing to the contrary," said the agent, according to an ESPN report.