Despite making a splash in Real Madrid’s recent matches, forward Javier Hernandez might have to wait until this summer to see if he will permanently become a part of the team.

“That is something we will decide at the end of the season,” Real manager Carlo Ancelotti said when asked about Hernandez’s potential move into the team. I have liked his professionalism all through the season, and he has taken advantage of his opportunities. For a coach, it is very positive to have these type of players.”

Hernandez, or Chicharito, as he is fondly called by fans and teammates, is currently on loan to the Whites from Manchester United. However, his loan deal also provides for the possibility of Real buying him from his home team for a €20 million price, if the purchase is made by the end of April. Chicharito’s recent impressive showing, including his winning goal that helped get Real past city rivals Atletico in the Champions League quarterfinals, sparked interest in getting him permanently with the team.

However, Ancelotti dismissed notions that Hernandez’s performance revealed his over-reliance on Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, and Cristiano Ronaldo for offensive runs. “I have made many mistakes, but I can only choose 11 players,” he stressed. “I cannot think about that. I have to judge the moment of each player. He has helped the team and I hope it continues like this.” Hernandez stood in for Benzema, who was sideline by injury, in the Atletico match.

Meanwhile, youngster Martin Odegaard is expected to make his La Liga debut with Real in their match against Almeria on Wednesday. Real managed to beat the other teams that are targeting the talented 16-year old, with the club reportedly paying €8 million from Norwegian team Stromsgodset.

Aside from Odegaard, Ancelotti also announced that young players Borja Mayoral and Diego Llorente are also going to be present in the match.

Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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