Chicharito admits he wanted to leave West Ham in January

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With many players across the globe vying for places in their respective national teams, one player Premier League admitted that he was seeking a move away from his club side in order to help secure his spot with Mexico.

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Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez was at the center of transfer rumors during the January transfer window, however, a move to send him away from West Ham United never came to fruition.

The El Tri striker joined the Hammers ahead of the 2017/18 season, and is the joint-leading goalscorer for the club in all competitions, with six goals.

However, Hernandez has at times not been selected as a regular in the starting team, prompting his interest in a move away from the London Stadium.

“Yes, it was the case that I wanted to go,” Hernandez told the Daily Mirror. “Not because I don’t like West Ham, but because I need to have minutes on the pitch.

“The World Cup is just around the corner and I want to play. But you can see that, even though my agent says I want to go, I have been doing everything I can in a West Ham shirt to help the team.

“Against Bournemouth I scored a goal [in a 1-1 draw], I tried to play pretty well in the [FA] Cup [a 2-0 defeat to Wigan Athletic] and, in the last game, against Crystal Palace [a 1-1 draw], I tried to do my best. I am a very professional guy and I want to do that.

“Words can come and go. Your acts are going to speak for themselves.

“Now that the window is closed I am here and trying to achieve the main goals for the club, which is to be safe from relegation. Then, in the summer, we will see.”