Speaking at a media conference at lunchtime on Thursday to preview Leeds’ Championship clash against Aston Villa on Friday night, the attacking midfielder admitted that he could extend his stay at the club into a third season.
Hernandez, 32, explained he has had “small talks” with United about a new deal and that he is happy at the club, as quoted by the personal Twitter account of BBC journalist Adam Pope.
PH, who is in the last year of his contract, says he has had “small talks” with the club about his future. He’s happy at #lufc where his focus is on a big concentration of matches up to Xmas rather than thinking about next summer.
— Adam Pope (@APOPEY) November 30, 2017
Hernandez, who has won four caps for Spain, joined Leeds initially in August on loan from Qatari club Al-Arabi.
It was converted into a permanent transfer in January and then he signed a 12-month extension in May that runs until next summer, by which point he will be 33.
Hernandez was brought to Leeds by his former Swansea teammate Garry Monk but has continued to be an influential player under Thomas Christiansen. He has lost his status as the star No10 to the brilliant Samuel Saiz, but has been one of the three attacking midfielders regularly selected behind the main centre-forward. Hernandez has a tendency to go missing in away matches, but his vision and skill make him a key man. When he is good, Leeds tend to be good, too.