'Others trying to turn his head' - Leeds fave could quit as Heck makes confession after talks
By Richard Parks
Pablo Hernandez could walk out on Leeds United within weeks amid interest from rival clubs, according to Paul Heckingbottom.
The United manager made the frank admission at his media conference on Thursday that the club have not yet sealed a deal with the Spaniard amid the growing possibility he could quit.
As quoted by BBC Radio Leeds correspondent Adam Pope, Heckingbottom said he has had extensive talks with Hernandez about his future but “there’ll be others trying to turn his head”.
PH on Hernandez: “I’ve had chats with him in football, the club & his future. He’s driven not by money but football. However, there’ll be others trying to turn his head.” #lufc
— Adam Pope (@APOPEY) April 19, 2018
Hernandez is out of contract at the end of the season but has said he is keen to extend his two-year spell at Elland Road.
The former Spain international has been arguably the team’s outstanding performer in what has been disappointing campaign for the club.
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Football Insider verdict:
There will be ructions on the terraces if Leeds fail to agree a new contract with Hernandez and he quits at the end of the season. The Spaniard has been the only first teamer who can hold his head high in what has been a dreadful second half of the campaign as the club’s play-off hopes have been left in tatters. The attacking midfielder provides guile and class, and is a creative beacon, with nine goals and 10 assists in all competitions in 2017-18. He turned 33 last week but that should not stop Leeds handing him a two-year deal. He has done enough to earn it.