Hernandez: I rejected Juventus for Leverkusen

The Mexico international striker reveals that he rejected the Old Lady as well as AC Milan, Inter, Lazio and Roma before joining the Bundesliga club last summer

Javier Hernandez has revealed he turned down the chance to join Italian giants Juventus and several more Serie A clubs in favour of a move to Bayer Leverkusen last summer.

The Mexico international was deemed surplus to requirements at Manchester United ahead of this season after a term on loan at Real Madrid and opted to continue his career with the Bundesliga side.

Hernandez has revitalised his career at the BayArena, scoring 17 goals in 26 German top-flight games this campaign.

However, the 27-year-old striker has hinted he would be open to a move to Italy in the future.

“Juventus, Inter, [AC] Milan, Lazio and Roma tried to sign me in the summer,” Hernandez told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“I picked Leverkusen because of the Champions League and they made me feel wanted. They were convinced I could help them improve and that made me smile.

“Leverkusen have exercised an option for me and I have a contract until 2018. I have everything I need here.

“I’ve played for three clubs in three different countries so I know that anything can happen. Serie A is a great league, I can’t exclude playing there.”