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Chicharito confirms MLS move; sets wage record

Chicharito confirms MLS move as Mexican striker signs record-breaking deal

January 21, 2020 By Oscar Rojas
El Tri's all-time top scorer will leave Sevilla after just six months, in an attempt to fill Zlatan Ibrahimovic's shoes.

The days when Chicharito terrorized Chelsea's defense are long gone. Given the lack of minutes he has enjoyed during the past couple of years, Mexico's all-time top scorer has decided to leave Europe in order to return to the spotlight he once had.

Speaking in his first official interview to the LA Times, Chicharito admitted that the league's desire to have him around was the main reason why he chose to join the LA Galaxy.

"The last two years, the managers decided on giving confidence to other players rather than me. And now, the L.A. Galaxy, the manager of the club and the league, are telling me, 'Look, Javier, we want to give you all the trust, all the confidence to help us,' and that's why I'm taking this opportunity," the Mexican star stated.

The former Manchester United player admitted that such a move will cause criticism from some of his compatriots, but the main reason for this transfer is simple: he wants to be on the pitch.

"I'm going to be playing. That's what I want in my life. People are going to say it was because I couldn't make it [in Europe], but sometimes in football there are things that are not in your hands. It was the right time, the right opportunity," Hernández added.

About the growing rivalry with the Los Angeles FC, led by his compatriot Carlos Vela, Chicharito joked around when asked about his relationship with last season's MVP and how he intends to contribute to the Galaxy's greatness.

"It doesn't matter if he (Vela) scores or doesn't score. L.A. Galaxy is the biggest club and will win more championships than them, definitely," the player said.

The team went on to mark the deal as done with a video posted on Twitter, which was voiced over by Mexican movie star Eugenio Derbez.

About the possibility of returning to the Mexican National Team, where he only played three games last year, Hernández revealed his true intentions at the moment.

"I'm going to be able to play in front of a lot of Mexican fans, Galaxy fans, American fans. That's what's great about football. They give you a lot of opportunities. Right now, my mind is completely on the L.A. Galaxy," Chicharito concluded.

Hernández's deal with the LA Galaxy will see him earn over $6M for the next three years, with the possibility of adding one more year to his initial contract. With these numbers, he becomes the highest-paid player in the league.

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