Leeds United heroes send messages before play-off final against Southampton

Former Leeds United star Pablo HernandezFormer Leeds United star Pablo Hernandez
Former Leeds United star Pablo Hernandez | Getty Images
Leeds United take on Southampton at Wembley on Sunday afternoon with a place in the Premier League at stake

Ex-Leeds United players Pablo Hernandez, Gaetano Berardi, Olivier Dacourt, Eirik Bakke and Luciano Becchio have wished their former club the best of luck in their Championship play-off final this weekend against Southampton on X.

Daniel Farke’s side saw off Norwich City in the semi-finals and take on the Saints for a place back in the Premier League as they look to secure an immediate return to the top flight following their relegation last year.

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Leeds have posted the following video on social media as they prepare to lock horns with Russell Martin’s men at Wembley.

Hernandez, who hung up his boots in 2023, helped the Whites gain promotion in 2020 under popular former head coach Marcelo Bielsa and has said: “I just want to say that I send all my energy for this game. I send my heart. I know it is a special game. It is a massive game for the club and the fans and I believe in this team and the lads.

“I believe in the fans. They have supported the team all of the season. For this game I’m sure they will give all their support for the players and I am sure that next year Leeds will be playing in the Premier League. Just one more thing, Marching on Together.”

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Berardi added: “Come on Leeds. One last step all together. Lets do this. Good luck boys.”

Becchio was on the books at Elland Road from 2008 to 2013 and scored 86 goals in 221 games in all competitions. He has said: “I wish you all the best on Sunday. We are all together. We can do it. Remember...Marching On Together. Come on Leeds.”

Leeds academy graduate and fan David Seaman also had a message for the club, as did NFL stars Russell Westbrook and Frank Gore and MLB favourite Mo Vaughn.

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