Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez says his loan club Real Madrid are the “best team in the world”.
The 26-year-old, on a season-long loan, has scored three goals in his last two games – taking advantage of injuries to Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema.
He said: “I am a Madrid player. I’m not sure if that’ll be for a long time so I want to make the most of the minutes I am with the best team in the world.”
Real have an option to buy the striker at the end of the loan deal.
The Mexico international scored five goals in his first 24 Real games, mostly from the bench. But he scored the only goal against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday and then twice in Sunday’s 4-2 win over Celta Vigo.
“My team-mates congratulated me but it was a team effort,” said Hernandez. “We will do our part to bring Real Madrid to the heights the club deserves to be at and win titles. We are taking it one step at a time.”
Boss Carlo Ancelotti said: “He’s enjoying the period that he’s in, it’s a really good one. If he is in this form he’s non-negotiable, like Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, James Rodriguez, Bale, Sergio Ramos, Isco, Raphael Varane, Pepe.
“I have a team of non-negotiables, but only 11 can play and the rest stay on the bench.”
Rodriguez, who set up Hernandez’s opener, said: “He’s in great form. He deserves what is happening to him now for the way he works in training and the patience he has shown.
“He works really hard and helps the team. He has a lot of quality, he’s a top player who trains hard and it’s good for the team if he stays.”
The European champions trail leaders Barcelona by two points going into the midweek fixtures. Barca host Getafe on Tuesday, with Real hosting Almeria on Wednesday.