Leeds United news: Hernandez to quit next year - Whelan exclusive

By Noel Whelan

24th Apr, 2019 | 5:40pm

Noel Whelan Exclusive: I'm expecting Leeds star man to quit next year


Noel Whelan has told Football Insider he is expecting Leeds United star Pablo Hernandez to spend one more season at the club and then quit.

The Spanish maestro was today named in the PFA Championship team of the year along with teammates Liam Cooper and Pontus Jansson following the best campaign of his distinguished career.

But Hernandez turned 34 earlier this month and his contract at Leeds ends in the summer of 2020, although, as reported by Football Insider, it will be extended by a year if United secure promotion during the duration of the agreement.

Whelan is a massive admirer of the attacking midfielder, who has spearheaded the team’s promotion pursuit with 12 goals and 12 assists from 37 Championship matches.

“This season is the best I have ever seen him play,” Whelan told Football Insider. “He has carried Leeds at times and been instrumental in everything they have done.

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“Everyone knows the quality and talent he has on the ball, but he is a leader as well and has showed tremendous desire and tenacity.

“He is a class above everyone else at Leeds United. If we get into the Premier League or stay in the Championship, given his age, I’m expecting next season to be Pablo’s last season with us.”

Hernandez was visibly distraught in the aftermath of Monday’s 2-0 defeat to Brentford and wiped away tears at the end of the game as Leeds face the prospect of the end-of-season play-offs.

Consecutive defeats means the club have only faint hopes of securing a top-two finish that would guarantee automatic promotion.

In other Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED that Victor Orta is working on a deal to sell a high-value Elland Road player.