Sevilla has completed the signing of West Ham United striker Javier ‘Chicharito‘ Hernandez on a three-year deal for a fee of 7.75 million euros.
The 31-year-old Mexico attacker submitted a transfer request on Friday and flew to Spain for his medical, he passes the club medical examinations on Monday morning and signed contract deals that end in 2022.
West Ham started on high morale this season following their 7th position on the Premier League table, Hernandez had 10 months left on his contract and previously denoted he anticipated West Ham exit. Having known by the Hammers that the striker has less than a year on his contract they swiftly agreed to the player’s request of leaving.
According to Marca’s report, it was understood that the transfer cost Sevilla the sum of 7.75 million euros in order to sign the striker from the Premier League side West Ham, where he scored 17 goals in 63 competitive games for the Hammers.
He was signed from the Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen in 2017 for a reported fee of £16m, however, Hernandez’s future with the club had been problematic after the arrival of the 25-year-old France international Sebastien Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt in July for a club-record fee of £45m.
West Ham bid farewell to their former striker in a statement that says: “The club would like to thank Chicharito for his contribution and wish him all the best in his future career.”
Chicharito reverts to La Liga, where he played for Real Madrid in the 2014-2015 season joining the Los Blancos on a season-long loan from Manchester Utd. He often came off the bench as a substitute for the Blancos, Hernandez scored 7 goals in La Liga in his one season campaign at the Bernabeu.
Though there were rumoured about a return to North America with a Top League football side, Chicharito will proceed his European adventure that started when he joined Manchester United from Chivas in 2010.
Chicharito registered 37 Premier League goals during his time at the Old Trafford and obtained two Premier League trophies with the Red Devils.
There was a rumour surrounding the transfer wages of Javier Hernandez after it was confirmed that the Mexican took a huge £92,000 a week pay cut in wages to sealed the Sevilla contract.
Sevilla sporting director Monchi said concerning the player transfer: “I wanted to sign him a long time ago and I must say that in my 20 years as a sports director I had never seen a football player lower his salary so much to sign for Sevilla. Javier convinced me in the first talk we had, he is an experienced forward who meets the requirements our coach wants.”
The contract deal he signed with Sevilla is considered to be 53,000 pounds a week deal, while his contract with West Ham reads 145,000 pounds a week. The deal was a far cry from a prime earner.
In perspective, what he makes in a year, Alexis Sanchez earns in six weeks.
The 31-year-old became Sevilla‘s 12th summer signing and had chosen his preferred No.14 jersey with the number being free.