Chicharito Denies Return to Chivas After Gignac’s Comments Spark Rumors

After announcing his departure from the Galaxy, Javier Hernandez has not clarified his next professional destination.

Mexican striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernández denied rumors that he is set to return to his former club, Chivas Guadalajara, next season after comments made by Tigres striker André-Pierre Gignac during a recent live stream.

During a Twitch broadcast with Hernández, fellow Mexican striker Oribe Peralta, and Gignac on Nov. 27, Gignac stated, “Well, now that you’re going back to Chivas, you’re going to play against me.” His comments came while the players were reminiscing about past matches against each other in Liga MX.

Hernández’s nervous laughter and the response of “Hijo de la chingada…They already put me there. Well, the stream is over,” sparked immediate speculation among fans that he would be returning to his boyhood club, where he began his professional career.

Neither Gignac nor Hernández confirmed that a transfer agreement was in place during the livestream. However, Hernández did not deny Gignac’s statement, further fueling rumors of his potential Chivas comeback.

File photo of Javier "Chicharito" Hernández during a match with LA Galaxy. Shell Energy Stadium, Houston, Texas, USA. April 8, 2023. OBLIGATED CREDIT USA TODAY/Troy Taormina
File photo of Javier “Chicharito” Hernández during a match with LA Galaxy. Shell Energy Stadium, Houston, Texas, USA. April 8, 2023. OBLIGATED CREDIT USA TODAY/Troy Taormina

Social Media Clarification From Hernández

The following day, Hernández took to Instagram to clarify his status, stating:

“I am not close to reaching any team anywhere in the world yet. I’m still recovering from my knee very favorably. Have a good day.”

With his Instagram post, the 35-year-old striker aimed to end speculation about his next move. Hernández made it clear that he is currently not in negotiations to join any club as he continues to rehab from a knee injury.

Previously, Hernández did confirm discussions with various clubs across MLS, Europe, Mexico, and Saudi Arabia. He has expressed interest in an MLS return or move to Europe to be closer to his children.

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Door Open for Eventual Chivas Reunion

While he denied current talks with his former side, Hernández has not ruled out an eventual reunion with Chivas Guadalajara.

GUADALAJARA, JALISCO, 29JULY2010.- Chivas Rayadas del Guadalajara inaugurated tonight their new "Omnilife" stadium defeating Mancheste United three goals to two in a friendly match. The performance of Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, who scored the first goal in this stadium, stands out. In the image during the celebration with the jaliciense shirt in the first half. PHOTO: JOSE MARIA MARTINEZ BURGOS/CUARTOSCURO.COM
GUADALAJARA, JALISCO, 29JULY2010.- Chivas Rayadas del Guadalajara inaugurated tonight their new “Omnilife” stadium defeating Mancheste United three goals to two in a friendly match. The performance of Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, who scored the first goal in this stadium, stands out. In the image during the celebration with the jaliciense shirt in the first half. PHOTO: JOSE MARIA MARTINEZ BURGOS/CUARTOSCURO.COM

Chivas owner Amaury Vergara has stated his desire to have club legend Hernández finish his playing career with his boyhood club. Hernández rose through the Chivas youth system, making his Liga MX debut in 2006 before a high-profile transfer to Manchester United in 2010.

All the best to you, brother. May you enjoy a locker room, may you enjoy a fan base…We, it’s a big fucker at the stadium,” Gignac commented regarding the atmosphere Hernández could return to at Chivas’ Estadio Akron.

If Hernández elects to return to Liga MX, his homecoming would likely ignite excitement among the passionate Chivas supporters. After over a decade abroad, Hernández’s return to his native Mexico to wear the red-and-white stripes once more would make for an emotional conclusion to his storied career.

Chicharito’s Next Step Uncertain

With his LA Galaxy contract expiring this winter, Hernández’s playing future remains clouded in uncertainty. After injuries limited him to just 10 appearances last MLS season, Hernández must now weigh up his next move carefully at age 35.

Wherever he elects to play next, Hernández first faces the task of regaining full fitness. Once his knee has healed, his legendary scoring instincts and eye for goal could still prove valuable for another season or two.

Interest across Liga MX and MLS remains high in the record-setting Mexican striker. If Hernández decides he has enough left in the tank for one final challenge, a romantic return to his native country could give his career the storybook ending many fans desire.