Javier Hernández admits he wanted to leave West Ham in the January transfer window over fears he may not get into Mexico's World Cup squad.
Limited opportunities under Moyes
A £16million return to the Premier League from Bayer Leverkusen has not gone to plan for Hernández, who has scored just five goals in 24 appearances in all competitions this term.
'Chicharito' has only started two Premier League games since David Moyes was appointed in November, and the striker also saw his game-time reduce significantly when the Scot became Manchester United manager in 2013.
World Cup year
Though the 29-year-old is his country's record goalscorer, with 49 goals in 99 caps, he has only played in three of their last six games played in official international windows and Hernández hopes he can convince Moyes to give him the minutes he craves ahead of Russia 2018.
"Yes, it was the case that I wanted to go," Hernández told the Daily Mirror. "Not because I don't like West Ham, but because I need to have minutes on the pitch".