Sir Alex Ferguson determined to keep Chicharito at Old Trafford despite Real Madrid interest - report

Spanish giants have been chasing Mexican striker Hernandez, with Jose Mourinho a keen admirer, but United boss is reportedly holding firm, saying he is going nowhere
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Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson has given a 'hands-off' warning to Jose Mourinho following his interest in Javier Hernandez, according to the Daily Mail.

Real Madrid have reportedly expressed an interest in the Mexican International and Mourinho has told Ferguson to name his price for the striker.

However, the Old Trafford boss is claimed to have told the United board to dismiss any offers they receive for the player.

The hitman has scored 20 times this season after his £7 million move to Manchester this summer and it is believed Mourinho had even been prepared to offer Ferguson either Karim Benzema or Argentinian Gonzalo Higuain in exchange for Hernandez.

But that still could not convince Ferguson and the report claims the Red Devils will attempt to offer the Mexican a pay-rise to keep him at the club.

Hernandez is only one year into his current deal at Old Trafford and is reportedly earning just £40,000-a-week at the English champions.

Chicharito has impressed his first full season in England and the club have sold more shirts with his name on it than any other in United stores around around the world since his arrival.

The striker has been a strong marketing tool for Manchester United in Central America and that has understandably attracted the interest of Real Madrid given the Latin-American connection.

According to the article, Ferguson believes the 23-year-old and his strike-partner Wayne Rooney will be the basis of United's attacking thrust for many years to come and, as a result, is unprepared to contemplate a sale.

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