Pablo Hernandez produced 12 goals and 12 assists in the Championship for Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United last season.

Leeds United talisman Pablo Hernandez has admitted that he is dreaming of returning to CD Castellon ‘very soon’ as he cast doubt on a new contract at Elland Road, while speaking to El Periodico Mediterraneo.

If anyone has any doubt about how important a 34-year-old Spaniard remains to Marcelo Bielsa’s plans, consider how blunt Leeds have looked without him pulling the strings and carving apart defences from the number ten position.

The Whites have scored just four goals in their last five games with Hernandez on the sidelines through injury. And, as a result, he is expected to be offered a new contract with his current deal due to expire in the summer of 2020.

But Hernandez cannot go on forever and he will be 35 by the time the season comes to an end. Time is running out for the evergreen play-maker to make an emotional return to his hometown club and he knows it too.

“Castellón CD is a unique club and I hope to wear the black and white (shirt) again very soon and return to Castalia,” Hernandez has said.

Pepe Mascarell, a director for the third tier club, recently stated that Hernandez is a legend in the region with the former Valencia and Swansea star having bought shares in the club he played for as a youth between 1997 and 2003.

So if Leeds want Hernandez to stay, they will have to begin talks over a contract extension before the pull of home grows ever more powerful.

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