By Richard Parks

Leeds United are in “ongoing” talks with Pablo Hernandez over a new contract, it was confirmed today.

Manager Paul Heckingbottom gave an update at his Wednesday media briefing on discussions with the Spain international, 32, about extending his current agreement, which expires in the summer.

Heckingbottom said, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post, that discussions with Hernandez are continuing but there has not yet been a breakthrough as the club await a “definitive answer”.

The attacking midfielder, who stands at 5ft 7in, can leave Elland Road on a free contract at the end of the campaign.

But he has spoken publicly of his desire to extend his stay at Leeds into a third season and director of football Victor Orta revealed at the end of last month that talks would take place with his agent about an extension.

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Football Insider verdict:

With Leeds’ play-off hopes lying in tatters, thoughts have already turned to strengthening the squad ahead of next season. Supporters are almost unanimous in their desire for Hernandez to be handed a new deal following two impressive campaigns from the one-time Spain international. He has his off days, but when he is good, he is very good and only Samuel Saiz of the other Leeds players is on the same creative wavelength. With seven goals and nine assists from 36 matches this season, Hernandez is a player that United desperately need if they are to mount a convincing promotion bid in 2018-19. Sign him up, or they will regret it.

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