West Ham United striker Javier Hernandez has refused to commit to the club despite Manuel Pellegrini’s appointment, stating that his future will be sorted out after the World Cup.
The Mexico international became one of the Hammers’ most-expensive signings when he joined the club from Bayer Leverkusen for £16 million last summer, but he was used sparingly by recently-departed manager David Moyes.
As speculation continues to swirl around whether Hernandez will still be at West Ham next season, the predatory forward has admitted that he will not think about his future until after the World Cup.
“Of course I am a West Ham player still, but we’ll see,” the Hammers star is quoted as saying by The Daily Mail.
“Right now what can I tell you? I’m glad there’s a new manager? I’m sad there’s a new manager?
“It’s not the moment to speak about this. My mind is 100 per cent on the World Cup.”
Hernandez was clearly in Slaven Bilic’s plans at the start of the season, but after a hamstring injury he was used primarily as a West Ham substitute for the rest of the season.
The Mexican forward still has two years left on his contract in East London but has fallen behind Marko Arnautovic in the pecking order at the Premier League club.
A positive World Cup showing could be what Hernandez needs to rebuild confidence and the former Manchester United striker could yet have a role to play at West Ham.
However, with Pellegrini expected to be handed money to spend the squad to be shaken up, it remains to be seen whether the centre forward will still be a Hammers player come the start of next season.