Heckingbottom makes Hernandez statement that will be music to ears of Leeds fans

Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom has confirmed that he would “love” to keep Pablo Hernandez at the club after this season ends.

Hernandez’s deal at Elland Road is due to expire within a matter of months and the Yorkshire Evening Post has reported that talks are underway between the Whites and the 32-year-old over a new contract.

Speaking on BBC Radio Leeds, Heckingbottom shied away from confirming that that negotiations are in progress, however he did state that he wants him to stay, which will no doubt be music to the ears of Leeds fans who have been urging the club to wrap up a new deal for the Spanish attacker.

“He’s someone who I would love to keep, definitely,” said Heckingbottom, as shown on BBC Radio Leeds’ Facebook account on Wednesday night.

Football Insider verdict

Hernandez has been in great form for Leeds this season and there are some who think that the ex-Swansea and Valencia attacker should be the club’s player of the year. It has been a hard campaign for the Yorkshire club but Hernandez has been without doubt the most consistent performer with other stars like Samuel Saiz and Pontus Jansson dropping out of form on too many occasions. Heckingbottom appeared to dodge answering whether talks were definitely underway, but the way he talked about Hernandez would definitely suggest that he is going to stay. Leeds fans will love this because the Spaniard is well and truely a favourite among the Elland Road faithful.

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