By Russell Edge

8th Dec, 2017 | 7:21am

Confirmed: Leeds hold crucial talks over deal for attacker available for bargain swoop

Leeds United attacker Pablo Hernandez has confirmed that he has held talks with the club over extending his contract at Elland Road and expects more talks to come to keep him at the club.

The 32-year-old has been with the Whites since joining on an initial loan deal from Qatari side Al Arabi back in 2016, before signing a permanent contract at the start of 2017.

He committed to a one-year deal in May, meaning that his contract will have just six months left in January, opening up the way for clubs to try and swoop for a bargain deal and snap him up on a free transfer.

However Hernandez has said that there have been “small talks” between himself and Leeds about extending his stay, and insists his contract situation need not be a worry as he is happy remaining in Yorkshire for the future.

He told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “I’m happy here and the club know this.

“The club are happy with me. More important is focusing on the next games because in December we play a lot and we need to focus on them.

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“I’m sure in the future we talk and for me it’s not a problem to stay here because I’m happy here.”

Hernandez has been a key member of the senior squad at Elland Road under Thomas Christiansen, appearing in all but one of the club’s 20 league games this season, netting twice and chipping in with another four assists for his team mates.

In total he has 59 appearances, 10 goals and 13 assists under his belt for the Whites, while having also picked up four international caps for Spain, the last of which came in 2010.

In other Leeds United news, Christiansen has given a critical update on the fitness of his injury layoffs ahead of the QPR clash.

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