'Very happy and motivated' Chicharito ends summer transfer speculation

Javier Hernandez Chicharito West Ham
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The Mexico international endured a testing debut campaign with the Hammers in 2017-18, but he is looking forward to working with Manuel Pellegrini

Javier Hernandez claims to be “very happy and very motivated” at West Ham, with the striker seeking to bring an end to summer transfer talk.

The Mexico international has been linked with a move away from the London Stadium for some time, having endured a testing debut campaign with the Hammers.

Signed by Slaven Bilic in the summer of 2017, Chicharito saw David Moyes inherit the managerial reins in November as he began to slip out of favour.

A January switch was mooted, with further exit speculation sparked during the current window, but the 30-year-old former Manchester United forward insists he is not looking for a way out of West Ham.

Hernandez told the club’s official website: “I’m good, I’m very happy to be here in an unbelievable place.

“The lads told me that when they went to Switzerland it was great as well, so it’s been a very good pre-season.

“Next week, the season is going to start, so hopefully we can get a better one compared to the last one.

“After the last season ended, I went to Spain to work with my fitness coach before the World Cup. Then, the work in the World Cup was very good and we had a very good World Cup. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get further but that’s football. Sometimes it cannot be like you want.

“I spent some time in Miami and then some weeks in my hometown, in Guadalajara, and the last week I was working over there.

“I feel very good. Of course, I need to improve a little bit more in fitness and in football and hopefully I can get some minutes on Friday to help me be ready for next Sunday.”

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Hernandez has returned from World Cup duty to find Manuel Pellegrini at the West Ham helm, with the experienced frontman looking forward to opening a new era after enjoying a summer break back in his homeland at Guadalajara.

He added: “It’s always once per year [that I get to return home] and it’s more difficult in the Premier League because there is no winter break, although next year they said there will be a winter break.

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“It’s very good to see my family and my friends and spend some time in my hometown and be over there. It’s great to be back but of course it’s better because now, in my life, I know Guadalajara is like my holiday and not my home.

“Right now, I’m living in London, so that’s my home. I’m very glad, very happy and very motivated and with a lot of confidence that this season is going to be a lot better.”

Hernandez netted eight times in 30 appearances for West Ham last season, but was handed just 16 Premier League starts.