Senior Leeds ace gives contract update, whether promotion will affect decision - reliable journalist
By Will Butcher
Pablo Hernandez has revealed that the activation of a 12-month extension in his Leeds contract will not depend on promotion, according to a BBC journalist.
Hernandez, 31, signed a permanent six-month deal at Elland Road, with a further 12 months on offer at the end of the initial deal.
Hernandez spoke to BBC Radio Leeds broadcaster Adam Pope, who revealed on his personal Twitter account that the Spaniard said promotion would not affect his decision.
Hernandez says the extra year's option on his deal is not dependent on whether #lufc win promotion or not.
— Adam Pope (@APOPEY) January 11, 2017
Former Swansea ace and four-time Spain international Hernandez signed permanently at Elland Road after his six-month loan spell from Qatari club Al-Arabi earlier this season.
Leeds currently sit in fifth position in the Championship table, after winning five of their last six Championship games and just seven points away from second placed Newcastle.
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Advanced midfielder Hernandez has proved pivotal in that run, as he continues to orchestrate Leeds attacking play in the final third with top scorer Chris Wood ahead of him.
Wearing the number 19 shirt, former Valencia ace Hernandez has been involved in six goals during his 15 league appearances for Leeds this season, scoring three of those himself.
Hernandez, who was rested on Monday in the FA Cup win against Cambridge, is expected to start from the off against Steve McClaren’s playoff-chasing Derby on Friday in front of the television cameras.
Football Insider verdict:
In a show of loyalty to Leeds, fans will be delighted that if promotion does not occur in manager Garry Monk’s first season then Hernandez could still look to spark Leeds’ return to the Premier League next season. The playmaker has been one of many good signings brought to Elland Road along with the likes of Kyle Bartley, Pontus Jansson and Luke Ayling, as he continues to shine in front of the midfield. Hernandez is crucial to the Leeds side, and hearing him speak of a potential spell in Yorkshire until the summer of 2018 will delight fans, staff and teammates alike as Monk looks to oversee his side’s promotion challenge.
In other Leeds transfer news, this teenage ace must leave on loan in January to maintain his progression.