Leeds fans are furious after manager Paul Heckingbottom suggested a new deal for Pablo Hernandez will be complicated.
Leeds fans were absolutely delighted earlier this week when it was revealed Hernandez had entered talks over a contract extension, and that the club were hopeful of agreeing a deal.
Fans will be slightly less enthused with Thursday’s news though, as Paul Heckingbottom told BBC Radio Leeds there is still work to do to convince the player to stay at Elland Road.
“I’ve had a good chat with Pablo, about the football, himself, how I see him and the value that I think he adds to the squad. Sort of capture his heart, if you like,” Heckingbottom said.
“Pablo’s had a great career and there’s more important things to Pablo than the finances. He always speaks highly of the club, the fans, Elland Road, and he wants to know the plans and what we want to do for next season.”
While fans will obviously be happy to hear how Hernandez feels about the club, Heckingbottom’s comments seem to suggest they are struggling to convince the winger it is worth spending the final years of his career at Elland Road.
“Pablo’s at the stage of his career where there’s a lot more to it than just a contract offer on the table,” Heckingbottom continued. “He wants to be excited about the last few years of his career. Hopefully we can get him excited and keep him.”
Hernandez has been in fine form this season for Leeds despite the club’s torrid run, which has seen them pick up less points than Sunderland since Boxing Day.
Many fans have suggested in the past that Hernandez should be in line for a coaching role, and the boss’s comments suggest the Spaniard is eyeing up more than just a playing contract.
Some of the best Twitter reactions can be found below…
Come on heckingbottom if your going to still be here start putting your foot down, and get what you want,
OR ITS A WASTE OF TIME YOU BEING MANGER HERE
— Michael zeus 1158⚽⚽⚽ (@Lazmick) March 22, 2018
He bores me does heckingbottom
— jayjay82 (@jwh1982) March 22, 2018
He's as good as gone. The hierarchy could have kept Monk. They chose to let him go. Why the hell would Pablo stay? We bring in an average manager who all his life has hated Leeds and we bring average players in too. We could have really pushed for promotion this year too!
— Paul McHale (@paulmchale16) March 22, 2018
Heckingbottom staying beyond the summer even more risky?
— RobYork (@GrumpyGit9) March 22, 2018
PH talks a lot but without saying anything of substance.
— Rich (@ruw010268) March 22, 2018
Not surprised at all, if we had got a proper manager things might be different. Sorry to say it but Eckingbottom is just not at the right level for Leeds. He does fit the ambition of Leeds current owner though.
— c rogers (@rogerscpr) March 22, 2018
Clearly off to Brum to work under a competent manager
— zz9zsa (@zz9zsa) March 22, 2018