The Mexican Football Association (FA) has reportedly struck a deal with Premier League outfit, Manchester United, to allow the Red Devils’ young striker, Javier Hernandez, to skip the Olympic Games.
In recent months, the gulf between football managers and the selection committee for London 2012 has widened, with coaches fearing that the contest could have a detrimental effect on domestic campaigns.
Alex Ferguson slammed the Games as a conduit for “utter chaos”, while Arsene Wenger took umbrage with the inclusion of Jack Wilshere in a shortlist for Team GB, despite the fact that the Englishman is nursing an injury.
The news that the Mexican FA has buckled beneath the weight of pressure from Old Trafford is, perhaps, the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel for concerned managers.
Ferguson claims that Chicharito’s busy schedule during the two previous summers has affected his form in the 2011/12 campaign. "His form last season was fantastic”, the Scot explained.
“He’s found the second year more difficult, but a lot of that is down to not having a summer break for three years, and playing every summer for his country.” Sir Alex added that Hernandez should get “requisite rest”, this year.
The 23-year-old played for Mexico during the most recent World Cup, in 2010, as well as in the Gold Cup, last year. He finished the latter competition at the top of the scoring charts.
Ironically, despite his young age, Chicharito would have played for Team Mexico as one of three permitted veterans, given that he will be over the maximum age (23) for the Games, by the time the event kicks off, in July.
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Ferguson must now turn his gaze on GB selector, Stuart Pearce, if he hopes to prevent an extensive list of players, one that includes Wayne Rooney and David de Gea, among others, leaving Manchester for London, this summer.
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