Noel Whelan has tipped Leeds United to hand Pablo Hernandez a new contract even though he turns 35 next April.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-United forward hailed Hernandez as an “outstanding” player “who can do things no-one else can”.
He revealed he had heard from the club that they are keen to tie the Spanish attacking midfielder down to a new deal beyond the end of this season.
Hernandez signed a two-year contract last year that expires next summer and, as reported by Football Insider, the club want to secure him for another 12 months.
“I’m hearing from Leeds they want to keep Pablo and open talks on a deal,” Whelan told Football Insider. “A 12-month extension makes sense, he deserves that.
“He loves the club – you can see how emotional he was at the end of last season when we didn’t get promoted – and is a huge influence on and off the field.
“He is still a nailed-on starter and an outstanding player. I don’t think we’ve seen the best of him this season, there is another 20 per cent to come.
“Pablo Hernandez would be first on the team list for me. He is someone who can do things no-one else can”.
Hernandez started Leeds’ first eight Championship matches of the season before injury struck but he could return for this weekend’s clash against Birmingham.
Since signing for United in the summer of 2016, initially on loan, he has scored 29 goals and supplied 32 assists in 130 matches and won consecutive club player of the year awards.
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