Last Updated: Sun, 31 Mar 2013 10:52
Sir Alex Ferguson is adamant that reported Atletico Madrid target Javier Hernandez will not be leaving Manchester United this summer.
The Red Devils' chief is aware that the 24-year-old Mexico international is being lined up by Atletico as a possible replacement for the in-demand prolific Colombian hitman Radamel Falcao.
And with Hernandez currently behind Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, and more recently Danny Welbeck in Ferguson's pecking order at Old Trafford, it was thought he could be made available for transfer at the end of the season.
However, the veteran Scot has spoken out to warn Atletico Madrid and any other interested party that the 16-goal forward is a big part of his plans and not for sale.
Ferguson said: "He's on a long contract and we won't be entertaining any interest from anyone. As far as we are concerned he is a really important player.
"He does something different from the other strikers and any time he comes into a game he changes it.
"It's not easy for me to leave him out because a 16-goal tally against the number of games he has started is a fantastic record.
"There's no evidence that he has been annoyed or disappointed.
"But it's difficult when you have got a player of Robin van Persie's form, and then you have got Welbeck, Rooney, (Shinji) Kagawa.
"That's been the benefit of having a strong squad - it gives us an advantage over the other teams."
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