Hernandez ready to focus on promotion push

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Pablo Hernandez says Leeds United "deserve" to be in the Premier League after signing a new contract until the summer of 2022.

Hernandez arrived at Elland Road in 2016, joining on an initial loan deal from Qatari outfit Al-Arabi before signing permanently in the following January.

In all, the Spaniard has made 132 appearances, netting 29 goals, and both he and the club were aiming to find a solution with his previous deal due to expire at the end of the season.

The 34-year-old becomes the latest Leeds star to sign a new contract and will be part of the side that resumes the campaign sat third in the Championship table, two points adrift of leaders West Brom, this weekend.

Saturday sees them head to Luton and Marcelo Bielsa’s men will be aiming for another crucial three points in their quest for promotion.

The Whites missed out in the play-offs last term, going down to Derby in the semi-finals, but rather than suffer a hangover, once again appear likely to be there or thereabouts come the spring.

Hernandez, who previously played for the likes of Valencia and Swansea and has four caps for Spain, says he is delighted to have sorted his future out and now has his sights set on guiding Leeds back to where he feels they belong.

“The new contract with this club is an honour for me and now I try to continue with the same work, continually pushing the club to come back to the Premier League,” he told the club’s website.

“This is a big club, not just in England, but around the world. This club deserves to be playing in the Premier League because it’s a big club, they have amazing fans and for me playing for this club and these fans is an honour.”

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