Javier Chicharito Hernandez
Javier Hernández of Bayer Leverkusen is warned by the head referee during a friednly against Atletico Mineiro at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Jan. 11, 2017 in Kissimmee, Florida. Alex Menendez/Bongarts/Getty Image

It will take “crazy money” for Mexico star Javier “Chicharito” Hernández to move during the January transfer window, his current club Bayer Leverkusen has said. Speculation has been intense about the striker’s future in recent weeks amid the worst scoring drought of his career.

Hernández has not found the net in his last 15 appearances for the German club and found himself on the bench for Leverkusen’s last match before the Bundesliga’s long winter break.

However, Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller has made it clear that he intends to count on the former Manchester United man for the rest of the season.

"I believe that he will play a very good Ruckrunde [second half of the German season] for us," Voller said. "We need him to achieve our goals. Of course, we are a club which at least has to consider crazy offers.”

Hernández’s struggles have gone hand-in-hand with those of his team. While Hernández scored 17 goals in his debut Bundesliga season last term as Bayer Leverkusen finished third in the table, this season he has scored just five times and the club sits in ninth place.

With Leverkusen facing a tough task to get back into the Champions League, the club may have to cash in on Hernández or another in-demand asset. But the 28-year-old insisted in an interview with Yahoo last week that he has given no thought to moving on after just 18 months in Germany.

“The only thing I hear right now is rumors,” he said. “I know nothing of anybody trying to contact me or my agent. I’m very happy here.”

One of the rumors to emerge has connected Hernández with a transfer to the United States and Major League Soccer. Yet, while he has said that he would rather a move to MLS than China, which has also been offering big contracts to players of late, he has suggested that any transfer to a league outside of Europe is still some way off.

“MLS is something that’s more attractive to me [than China],” he admits.

“If I want to retire in MLS, or China, or Dubai, or Australia, or my hometown team, these are all possibilities! In four or five years’ time, you never know what kind of situation I’ll be in as a footballer and a person.”

“I never say never, and I never say always.”