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Eduardo Hernandez plays down Chicharito-Kovacic swap talk

The agent of Manchester United striker Javier 'El Chicharito' Hernandez has denied reports linking the 25-year-old with a summer move to Inter Milan.

The agent of Manchester United striker Javier “El Chicharito” Hernandez, Eduardo Hernandez, has denied reports linking the Mexican talisman with a summer move to Italian giants FC Internazionale Milano.

The Mexico international, 25, joined United from Liga MX side C.D. Guadalajara in the summer of 2010 and is contracted to Old Trafford until June 2016.

The 25-year-old, rated at around €16 million, has fallen down the pecking order at United following the departure of manager Sir Alex Ferguson, with new boss David Moyes preferring the likes of Danny Welbeck, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney.

Earlier this year, Mexico national team supremo Miguel Herrera revealed that Chicharito was unhappy with his lack of first-team opportunities in Manchester, with the 25-year-old having started just four English Premier League matches this term.

However, Eduardo Hernandez has moved to play down speculation suggesting the 25-year-old is moving to the San Siro in a swap deal which would send highly-rated Croatian ace Mateo Kovačić to United.

“I think these are just rumours. I have no news of Inter and Manchester United have not let me know anything about a possible offer,” Hernandez told calciomercato.it.

“The same goes for the other teams that have been linked to my client, to date there is nothing concrete.”

Regarding a potential summer exit, Chicharito’s agent added: “Currently, we are not able to say it because we should talk with United, the club with whom Javier still has several years of the contract.

“At the moment we have not planned any meetings with the Red Devils.”

Hernandez — 7/5 to score at anytime against Liverpool on Sunday — has bagged ten goals and three assists in 31 appearances in all competitions, including 17 starts, for the Red Devils this season.

Marko Marin open to Sevilla stay

Chelsea winger Marko Marin, who is currently on loan at Spanish side Sevilla FC, has revealed he would welcome the opportunity to stay at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán.

The 24-year-old attacker, formerly of Borussia Mönchengladbach, joined Chelsea on a free transfer from Werder Bremen in the summer of 2012 but has failed to establish himself as a first-team regular at Stamford Bridge.

As a result, Marin was sent out on a season-long loan deal at Sevilla last summer and is more than happy to stay in Spain, with the Blues’ blessed with an embarrassment of riches on the wings.

“If both Sevilla and me are happy to stay, I can stay here forever,” said Marin.

“We’ll see what happens in the summer. The first thing is to play, be fit and help the team in the end of the season and then we’ll decide.

“If the fans want it, Monchi [Sevilla's sporting director] wants it and the coach wants it, why not?

“But the most important thing is to be fit and play.

“Speaking about a permanent move before that is not worthwhile because I can’t help the team if I do not play.”

Marin has notched two goals and three assists in 18 appearances, albeit just seven starts, for Sevilla in 2013/14.

Thu 13 March, 2014
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