The Leeds United playmaker hopes to return to his boyhood club he now co-owns.
Pablo Hernandez of Leeds United
Leeds United fan favourite Pablo Hernandez has been discussing one of his former clubs, admitting he would one day like to return to boyhood team Castellon.
Hernandez was part of a consortium that bought out the club last year, saving them from sure financial liquidation.
The Spaniard was with the club as a kid before leaving for the Valencia academy when he was 18-years-old. His love for the club remained strong and he is considered a hero among the club’s fans for his actions in keeping them afloat.
Pablo Hernandez of Leeds United celebrates after scoring
Speaking to El Mundo the 32-year-old, who has four caps and one goal for the Spanish national team, had this to say regarding an eventual return to the Nou Castalia:
“In my head I am clear that, if it can be, because it does not only depend on me , in a few years I want to play in Castellón as well.
“I hope it will be in Segunda (Liga), it would be very nice. I have clear that I want to play in Castellón and the higher the better. But if I have to do it in Segunda B I will do it. I do not see that it is in third tier because I think the team will rise.”
Hernandez, who joined Leeds initially on loan from Al-Arabi in 2016, is a firm favourite among the fans at Elland Road for his natural ability but he is out of contract in the summer.
Pablo Hernandez of Leeds is tackled by Bradley Johnson of Derby
That said, even if he does exit Leeds, it seems he is not yet keen on joining up with Castellon.
They currently play in Spain’s fourth tier, although are battling for promotion this season. Hernandez still has plenty to offer at a higher level so a move to Castellon will likely have to wait. But if it does happen, and it sounds likely, Castellon fans will revel in the return of a local hero.