Javier Hernandez says he has realised a dream by joining Real Madrid and is determined to prove he deserves to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Hernandez, 26, signed for the European champions on a season-long loan deal from Manchester United at the end of the summer transfer window.
And while the Mexico international is due to return to United at the end of the current campaign, he has hinted that he hopes to remain in the Spanish capital.
Hernandez, who has scored four goals in seven games for Madrid, also concedes he was surplus to requirements at United after they brought in Radamel Falcao on loan from Monaco.
"They thought I couldn't help any more at United so we decided by mutual agreement that I would leave," Hernandez told ESPN Deportes. "It was difficult, although I had offers from other teams, but when I got the opportunity to come to Real Madrid I didn't hesitate.
"It was the toughest challenge [I was offered] and the one that gave me the least chances [of first-team football], but these are the challenges I like and the ones I've worked for all my life. I dreamed of being here. I have the talent and I'll work hard to show I belong at such a great institution. I hope some positive things happen, both to the club and myself."
Hernandez, who is under contract at Old Trafford until 2016, has scored 59 goals in 154 games for United but only made six Premier League starts last season.
"I was received well here and I had played against some of my teammates either at the club or national level," Hernandez said. "Here is doesn't matter where you come from. At the end of the day you are welcomed in the dressing room. From day one I have tried, without any disrespect to anyone else, to say to myself, 'why not? I can play here, I can contribute and work with this team.'"