Manchester United has announced the signature of 21-year-old striker Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernández from Chivas de Guadalajara in the Mexican Primera División. Hernández, nicknamed ‘Little Pea’, signs for an undisclosed fee subject to a UK work permit and will join his new team-mates for pre-season training on 1 July.
The Guadalajara-born forward has scored 28 goals in 68 Primera División appearances for his club and four in four for his country since graduating from the Under-20 side that played in the World Youth Cup three years ago.
“I am delighted to reach agreement with Chivas to bring such an exciting young striker, who has been in such prolific form for both his club and his country,” said Sir Alex Ferguson in a statement today.
“He will be a great addition to our squad and we look forward to welcoming our first Mexican player in the summer. We are equally excited to play our first game in Mexico, opening the magnificent new Chivas Stadium in July.”
United will open Chivas’ new 45,000 Volacano-inspired stadium in Guadalajara during pre-season, although a date for the fixture has not yet been set. However, fans’ first glimpse of the new signing should come at Wembley on 24 May, when England take on Mexico in a friendly.
“It’s a dream and I feel so happy,” Hernández told MUTV, after attending United’s match against Bayern Munich last night.
“I’ve really enjoyed my week in Manchester – the stadium, the atmosphere at the club and the history are incredible and I want to do great things here.
“I’m living a dream. The atmosphere was incredible with all the fans singing. It was fantastic to see.”
Hernández is United’s second capture for the new season having reached an agreement to sign defender Chris Smalling from Fulham in January.
Now sing. My, my, my… Chicaritoooo, da la la la la la laaaaaa, why, why, why … Chicaritoooo , da la la la la la laaaaaa….
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