The subject of the future of Pablo Hernandez was brought up today during the Leeds United Live Q&A that the club held this afternoon online. The Spaniard has pushed back the clock this season, being a vital part of the team and has been the best player on the team delivery both free kicks and corner kicks.
Orta on Hernandez contract (expires in the summer) - I have to have discussions with his agent. Pablo said the other day that he wants to stay and that's the first step to reaching an agreement. We need to evaluate this in the short term. #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) February 26, 2018
Victor Orta, on the subject of Pablo Hernandez, said:
It’s true that he’s a player who’s out of contract in June. I’ve had several discussions with his agent, talking about the situation, talking about his aim to stay with us. That for me is very important. He showed the other day in his press conference that he wanted to stay with us and that for me is the first step towards reaching an agreement. Obviously Paul Heckingbottom has an important word in this situation. We’re discussing it and we need to evaluate this situation in the short term
Orta doesn’t seem like the type that will talk very openly about contract situations, so the fact that he’s said that Leeds and Hernandez’s agent have already talked is a good sign. And Orta is right to say that Heckingbottom is going to be involved in any decisions, although if the team isn’t going to keep a head coach around for more than a few months, maybe the coach shouldn’t have the final say on the player all by himself.
Most Leeds fans want Hernandez back next season, and with Hernandez saying that he would like to be back at the club next season, it looks like a deal will actually be made. Of course, who knows what the situation will be during the summer, but with most of the key players at the club already locked up with long-term extensions, it would behoove Orta to get Hernandez signed up for another season at Elland Road.