Athletic journalist Phil Hay has claimed that Castellon will try to sign Pablo Hernandez again in the summer and are “hopeful” that he will join this time after a January move was blocked.
The tier-two side is a big drop down from the Premier League but Hernandez has big ties at the club.
He’s the co-owner and was born in the city. He has lots of old friends and family there and a final hurrah at Castellon could well be the perfect end to a brilliant career.
Writing in The Athletic on Thursday, Hay said, “In Marcelo Bielsa’s first two years at Leeds, Hernandez was irreplaceable and undroppable, impervious to everything except a strain of his hamstrings.
“Hernandez is watching life go on around him at Elland Road this season: two league starts, intermittent minutes and no place in Bielsa’s initial line-up against Everton last night even though an injury created a scenario in which Hernandez was a potential answer.
“Sources in Spain say Castellon are keen to try again with him in the summer and feel hopeful that Hernandez can be persuaded. Financially they have no means of matching his wage, increased by an uplift after Leeds’ promotion, but they have the advantage that as part-owner of the club, he would essentially be negotiating with himself.”
Is his race run?
Stories don’t always get the endings they deserve.
After everything that Hernandez has done for Leeds, the least he deserves is a proper send-off from the Elland Road faithful.
He was pivotal in getting us back in the Premier League and he was one of the best players in the Championship.
However, with the return of fans still looking a way off and Castellon rumours picking up pace, fans might not get the chance to say a proper goodbye to El Mago.
That would be sad but if Hernandez does want to go back to Spain, for lifestyle reasons, then we can’t see Leeds standing in his way.
He’s been no more than a bit-part player this season and with Leeds looking to strengthen again in January, his race might be run.
He’s going to be 36 in the summer and he might fancy a last hurrah at his hometown club.
It was reported that Leeds blocked a move this January but we think things will be different in the summer.
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