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Kramer: “Chicharito excites fans and sells jerseys”
Christoph Kramer labels Javier Hernández the star at Bayer Leverkusen and points to the Mexican forward’s easygoing nature.
Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Christoph Kramer reckons the arrival of Mexican forward Javier Chicharito Hernández to the Bundesliga outfit has put the team in the spotlight and created a great atmosphere amongst the squad.
“It’s good for Bayer to have a star player like him. We’re getting more traction on social media and fans and the press alike are following us more closely. Chicharito entices people to watch us, he helps the club sell more shirts, especially in Central and North America”, the 24-year-old told Blind magazine in an interview.
Kramer also highlighted the Mexican front man’s easygoing nature: “He’s a star, but not your typical big name player; he’s played for Real Madrid and Manchester United but he’s still a very discreet and sensible guy beneath it all”.
Hernández was drafted in on loan by Real Madrid for the 2014/15 season but despite impressing with nine goals in 33 matches for Los Blancos, the manager at the time, Carlo Ancelotti, decided against signing the diminutive striker. On his return to parent club, Manchester United, newly-appointed boss, Louis van Gaal, also made it clear that Chicharito didn’t fit into his plans, which inspired the German club to express their interest in him.
Since joining the Roger Schmidt-led side Hernández has quickly established himself as one of the most exciting players in the German top flight, having already notched up 16 goals in 21 games on his first season. He sits fourth on the list of the Bundesliga’s top scorers with 11 goals, only trailing behind Thomas Muller (14), Robert Lewandowski (17) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (18).