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Former Manchester United, Real Madrid and West Ham striker Javier Hernandez has rejoined his boyhood club Chivas.
The 35-year-old has returned to the Mexican club on a deal until the end of the season. He was a free agent after recovering from a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury with MLS side LA Galaxy last June.
‘Chicharito is back home!’, the Liga MX side confirmed on Wednesday.
‘ChivaBrothers, it’s official! Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernández returns to the team of his amores for the Clausura 2024.
‘We are convinced that his love for the institution, the experience acquired during his successful career and the leadership that characterizes him will be reflected in this new stage with Chivas.’
Former Man United and West Ham striker Javier Hernandez has rejoined boyhood club Chivas
The 35-year-old left MLS club LA Galaxy in November after suffering an ACL injury
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‘My home, my family, my team, my everything,’ he posted on social media, with a video attached that confirmed his move. ‘See you soon!’
Chicharito left Guadalajara to join Man United in 2010. As part of the agreement, United played a friendly to open the new Chivas stadium that July and Hernandez played for both sides. He scored the first goal inside the ground.
He went on to score 59 goals in 157 appearances for United, where he also won two Premier League titles.
Sir Alex Ferguson, who signed the Mexican for United 14 years ago, sent a good luck message to his former player on United’s account on X.
‘Chicharito! It’s your old boss here,’ Ferguson said. ‘First of all, I want to congratulate you on your return to your old club back to Mexico.
‘Where it all started. Where I found you, signed you… and you were a great and fantastic player for us.
‘You’ve had a great career. I think now, when you go back to your old club, you’ve an opportunity to add your experience, and give your experience, to all the players there.
‘So, regards to your family. Have a great time – and more goals to come! All the best.’
Hernandez, 35, left MLS club LA Galaxy in November as his contract was expiring and he hadn’t played for the team since suffering an ACL injury in June last year.
Chicharito was signed for United by Sir Alex Ferguson, who wished the Mexican well ahead of his return to Mexico
He scored 39 goals in 82 appearances in MLS for LA Galaxy across four seasons, earning an All-Star Award in 2022 for his exploits.
Hernández also had stints at Real Madrid, Sevilla, West Ham and Bayer Leverkusen.
He is the all-time leading goalscorer for Mexico’s men’s national team, scoring 52 goals in 109 appearances. But he has not played for El Tri since 2019.
Chivas, Liga MX’s second-most successful side, finished fifth in the 2023 Apertura regular-season table and were then knocked out in the quarterfinal stage of the ensuing playoffs