Chicharito tells De Gea: It's good to talk
Published 22:59 17/08/11 By David McDonnell
Javier Hernandez has revealed the difficulties foreign players can face in adapting to a new life in the Premier League.
Hernandez's Manchester United team-mate David De Gea has endured a difficult first few weeks in England, with high-profile gaffes raising questions about the 20-year-old keeper's suitability to the role of No.1.
Sir Bobby Charlton told the Mirror earlier this week that De Gea's sticky start to life at United could be down as much to the difficulty in adjusting to life in England as it is to the on-pitch differences between the Premier League and La Liga.
United striker Hernandez would appear to have had no such problems, having plundered 20 goals last season following a £7million move from Chivas Guadalajara in Mexcio.
One difference between the two is that Chicharito already spoke fluent English when he arrived last summer, whereas De Gea, signed from Atletico Madrid, is having daily language lessons in a bid to get him fully conversant with his team-mates.
Hernandez, who is expected back in training next week following an extended rest after suffering concussion on United's pre-season tour of the US, said being able to speak English was a huge advantage for him.
He added thathaving his father and sister join him in England also eased the settling-in process.
Although De Gea has not been joined by any family members on a permanent basis, his girlfriend, the Spanish pop star Edurne, has flown over to be with him in Manchester.
"Moving to a new country is always difficult, but the fact my dad and my sister came to live with me was a huge help," said Hernandez. "That made things easier.
"What I miss most about Mexico isn't the food or the customs, it's my family and the way we'd all sit around chatting together.
"I spoke pretty well when I first arrived here and since then I've been improving bit by bit, understanding more and more and speaking better.
"But the truth is that knowing English was a massive help, because it meant I could communicate in the dressing room and get to know my colleagues more quickly.
"I've been treated wonderfully in Manchester and I simply need to repay that faith. I had a very good first season and I hope to be able to contribute much more.
"I think there are good times ahead with this team and I'm very excited about the opportunities ahead in the coming season."