Chicharito Chooses To Play Copa America – Mexico’s Javier Hernandez has revealed his decision to play in the Copa America this summer, and will miss out on the Rio 2016 Olympics.
With the UEFA Euro Championship, Copa America and Olympics holding this summer, many clubs have been reluctant to release players for 2 of the competitions.
Hernandez, who plays for Bayern Leverkusen, revealed the club would only release him for one tournament, and he chose the Copa America.
“The Mexican federation wants me to go to the Copa America,” Hernandez said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “It’s not only my decision. It’s like 50-50, the decision. The federation wants me to go to Copa America and I decided to go to Copa America.
“Not because I don’t want to go to the Olympics. It’s because it’s the best for…my club, for me and for the federation.”
“The most important thing here is what my club as well wanted,” Hernandez said. “If we finish fourth, I cannot go to the Olympics. So it’s not my decision. And if we finish third, the thing is I need to do preseason. So it’s not only my decision. Not only 100 percent mine.”