With his future in doubt, Leeds key man makes big admission: I want new deal
By Harry Sykes
Pablo Hernandez has revealed he is playing for his Leeds United future amid fierce competition for places in the starting XI.
Hernandez was the established No10 under the team that finished seventh under ex-manager Garry Monk last season, with his 35 league matches yielding six goals and eight assists.
Many felt the Spaniard, who signed a 12-month contract extension in May that runs until the end of this season, would slip down the pecking order after new manager Thomas Christiansen sanctioned a massive overhaul which led to a phalanx of attacking midfield arrivals led by Samuel Saiz and Ezgjan Alioski.
But Hernandez has started all six of the team’s league matches this season and has been influential in them securing 14 points to be placed second in the table.
However, the former Spain international is 32 and will be 33 by the time his deal expires next summer.
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Hernandez explained that he wants a new deal but his chances depend upon him continuing to produce the goods for the team.
“I have one year more but I don’t think too much about this,” he told the Yorkshire Evening Post. “When a player thinks too much about the future, his contract, he can’t give his all on the pitch.
“More important for me is to play, play good, and help the team to go to the Premier League. I’m sure that if I play good the club will offer me a new contract in the future. It’s more important for me to play. In this moment it’s not easy getting into the first XI.”
Hernandez will be hoping to keep his position on the left flank for Leeds’ home Championship clash against Birmingham on Tuesday night.
Christiansen will be sorely tempted to stick with a winning side after they blew Burton away at the weekend with one of the most comprehensive displays in recent Leeds history.
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