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Bayer Leverkusen issue hands off warning over Javier Hernandez

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Not for sale - Javier Hernandez
Not for sale - Javier Hernandez

Former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez looks set to emerge as one of the most wanted strikers of 2016 - but his club have insisted they will not sell the Mexican at any price.

The striker who goes by the nick-name of Chicharito has been in red-hot form for Bayer Leverkusen since his departure from Old Trafford last summer, with his latest goal on Saturday his 19th of a hugely productive season in Germany.

That has sparked suggestions that Premier League leaders Arsenal are eager to snap up Hernandez, but Leverkusen's Sporting Director Rudi Voller has stressed that deal will not be happening.

"We are a football club and it is important that we are successful," stated Voller.

"Chicharito has played a big part in our success so far, through his style of play, through his goals. That's why we brought him here. In the first half of the season, everything has worked out fine.

"It's easy to reject offers when you are in a position in which you don't need to sell. We are in such a position. We will keep the players we want to help us achieve our goals."

Hernandez looks certain to remain at Leverkusen in this transfer window, with FIFA rules stating that his appearances for Manchester United at the start of this season will rule out the prospect of playing for a third club this season.

That will not stop the speculation that Hernandez could make a move back to the Premier League next summer.