Leverkusen: Javier Hernandez has revealed he left Manchester United for Bayer Leverkusen because he wanted to be happy again.
German first division Bundesliga team Bayer 04 Leverkusen's new Mexican forward Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez (R) and Leverkusen's headcoach Roger Schmidt pose for a photo during a press conference at the BayArena stadium in Leverkusen. Pic/AFP
The striker, who spent last season on loan at Real Madrid, has signed a three-year contract after the clubs agreed a fee believed to be around £7.3million. Hernandez was on the bench for United's 1-2 English Premier League defeat at Swansea on Sunday but last started for the team more than a year ago.
The Bundesliga high flyers unveiled Hernandez at a press conference yesterday and he said: "I want to go back to feeling important and happy. I want to find happiness.
"Bayer made me feel important and loved and coming here was not a difficult decision to make. They made me feel wanted."
The 27-year-old returned to United after scoring nine goals during his spell with Real — including the winner in their Champions League quarter-final against city rivals Atletico — but manager Louis van Gaal has again allowed him to leave.
Hernandez continued: "I want to help and achieve important things. I have felt very loved. I hope to accomplish things in my head and heart."
Leverkusen will play in Champions League Group E this season alongside Barcelona, Roma and BATE Borisov.