United ready to offer new deal to reward Hernandez


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Javier Hernandez is expected to be rewarded for his extraordinary first season at Manchester United with a new deal.

The Mexican's 25 goals in 40 games for United made him arguably the buy of last summer, and after rewarding Chris Smalling with a new five-year deal yesterday – a response to the way he exceeded his manager's expectations – United are ready to place Hernandez next in line for an improved contract.

The 23-year-old has been given a break after his involvement for his country in the Gold Cup and will not head out on the pre-season tour with the majority of United's players next week. Smalling has been given a new five-year deal. Having been one of the few members of England's Under-21 squad to emerge with credit from a disappointing European Championship campaign in Denmark last month, he will return to United on Monday before the flight to the United States.

There have been no approaches to Manchester City for their captain Carlos Tevez, with the club expecting that one of Milan's sides might have responded to the statement released by his representatives on Monday night, stating that he wishes to leave. The timing of the statement has puzzled City and there is a feeling that it may be a response to manager Roberto Mancini suggesting a swap deal with Samuel Eto'o last weekend, which might have agitated his representatives. The Tevez camp cite family reasons for his wish to leave.

The absentee list for Manchester City's pre-season tour includes Shay Given, who has been allowed to stay in Manchester, with a £5m move to Aston Villa on the cards. Striker Jo will also miss the trip.