Hernandez 'happy' in Bundesliga amid speculation linking him with Leverkusen exit

The striker has found his second season in Germany more difficult but he insists he is settled in his current surroundings and is not thinking about leaving

Bayer Leverkusen forward Javier Hernandez insists he is happy at the Bundesliga club amid speculation linking him with a move away from the club.

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Hernandez enjoyed a stellar debut campaign at Leverkusen last season, scoring 17 league goals, but he has found the back of the net just five times in 15 appearances in 2016-17 so far.

The Mexico international has subsequently been linked with a return to the Premier League with Chelsea and Liverpool believed to be keen on his services.

However, Hernandez says he is settled in Germany and is not thinking about departing any time soon.

“Why would I like to stay in the Bundesliga? Because I feel good and I’m happy,” Hernandez told bundesliga.com.

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“I’ve learned a lot in the Bundesliga, as a player and as a man.

“I like playing in the Champions League, and luckily Bayer have been involved in the last few years. We hope we can achieve that goal again in the second half of the season.”

Hernandez’s agent recently rubbished reports claiming Leverkusen were willing to sell the marksman for €25m.

Leverkusen are struggling in ninth in the Bundesliga table, eight points behind fourth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt.