Javier Hernandez becomes highest paid player in MLS after joining LA Galaxy

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Javier Hernandez has become the highest paid player in MLS after agreeing a three-year deal worth £103,000 a week at LA Galaxy following his move from Sevilla.

Galaxy had been on the look out for a new marquee striker after Zlatan Ibrahimovic left the club to join AC Milan.

Galaxy boss Dennis te Kloese said: ‘Javier has consistently scored goals in top leagues throughout the world and has been his country’s most successful player over the last decade.

‘He is a competitor who has proven success at the highest level and has scored the most goals ever of one of the best teams in Concacaf. 

‘We think he can be one of Major League Soccer’s best attacking threats and help our team in multiple ways. 

‘We are excited to bring Javier to Los Angeles and we look forward to him representing this city and our fans as a member of the LA Galaxy.’

Hernandez, who left West Ham for Sevilla earlier this season, has spoken before of his fondness of MLS and his desire to one day play in America. 

It has been reported that the deal to get him from Sevilla is worth £8million – £3m more than Galaxy paid Villarreal for Giovani dos Santos in 2015. 

Hernandez used Instagram to bid farewell to Sevilla. He wrote: ‘I say goodbye to a club where I was a short time, but enough to keep a special affection and know what it means in the world of football. 

‘It is a goodbye with nostalgia, because I am sure that if I had had more minutes, I would not have had to leave so soon. I just have to respect it. As a result, it has been decided that I could take this incredible opportunity to continue enjoying my passion. I leave calm and happy, because I gave everything for this club.

‘It is difficult to say goodbye to a city as incredible as Seville, but I say goodbye very grateful to her and all her people that from the second one they treated me very well. 

‘I want to thank all my colleagues, people who work throughout the club, coaching staff and especially Monchi; for all the help provided and for giving me the opportunity to belong to this club. I hope they achieve all the proposed goals and that the name of Sevilla FC continues to grow. See you forever!’ 

Carlos Vela, who made the move to MLS in 2018, also spoke of his fellow Mexican’s suitability to playing Stateside. 

Vela said: ‘He is a scoring machine – he’s always there looking to score goals — and he does a really good job defending for his team. I think the Mexican fans would be excited.’ 

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