Chicharito: Madrid ‘wasn’t all rosy’

Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez admits he had a tough time while on loan at Real Madrid last season but says he learned from the experience.

Seemingly phased out of Manchester United following the appointment of Louis van Gaal, Hernandez joined Los Blancos on a temporary basis last term and was largely restricted to a place on the bench, managing 23 appearances and scoring seven goals.

The Mexico international admits waiting for his opportunity was difficult for him to take, but insists he gained a lot from the spell at the Bernebeu, particularly in the second half of the campaign.

"I don't know if I'd exactly call what I experienced and felt 'magnitude'," the 27-year-old is quoted as saying by Marca.

"I enjoyed it to the max and I learned loads both from my first six months, which were broadly bad, and the following six, which were better. It wasn't all rosy.

"It's tough, but in my mind I've never seen it as someone having to get injured for me to play. The bad part is not playing. You always have to wait for your chance in this profession, and that wait is the toughest thing."