By Richard Parks

Pablo Hernandez has signed a new contract that includes a clause of a further extension if Leeds United secure promotion in the next two years, according to a report.

The Yorkshire Evening Post report that the Spain international, 33 has agreed to the term as part of a two-year deal that was announced by United on their official website on Thursday morning.

It is said that there is the “guarantee” of at least a third season in the contract should Leeds end their long wait to return to the Premier League.

Hernandez turned 33 earlier this month but has been rewarded following an excellent personal campaign that is expected to end with him winning Leeds’ player of the year award.

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Signing up Hernandez to a new deal was a no-brainer, given that he has got better and better as the season has gone on, swimming against a tide of mediocrity around him. But it amounts to quite a statement, and a shock one, too, that the Spanish maestro could still be playing for United aged 36, which is what will seemingly happen should the club secure promotion in the next two years. Clearly, the Leeds top brass believe that, if they are to be successful, then Hernandez will have to play a key role. And if that central part involves a further personal reward for a mid-30s player triggered by team success, it will be a price worth paying.

In other Leeds United news, it can be revealed that Andrea Radrizzani is ready to end the careers of 13 senior players at the club in a jawdropping cull.

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