Pablo Hernandez casts doubt on Leeds future when discussing Spain return

Leeds fans show their support prior to the Sky Bet Championship Play-off semi final second leg match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on May 15, 2019 in Leeds, England.

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

Pablo Hernandez of Leeds United celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Sky Bet Championship between Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion at Elland Road on March 01, 2019 in...

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.

Pablo Hernandez of Leeds United

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.

Leeds United's Ezgjan Alioski and Pablo Hernandez react after the game during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Wigan Athletic at Elland Road on April 19, 2019 in...

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