Leeds United to say emotional farewell to promotion heroes with duo set to depart Elland Road

Leeds United will say an emotional farewell to promotion heroes Pablo Hernandez and Gaetano Berardi on Sunday.

Friday, 21st May 2021, 8:29 am
Updated Friday, 21st May 2021, 8:30 am
Leeds United's Pablo Hernandez and Gaetano Berardi will depart Elland Road this summer. Pic: LUFC

The Whites have confirmed the popular duo will depart Elland Road at the conclusion of the current season.

Berardi - who made his first Premier League appearance as a substitute at Southampton in midweek - remained with the club for an extra year to recover from a torn ACL suffered on the final day of the Championship campaign.

Hernandez still had another year left to run on his deal in West Yorkshire but has called time on his career with Leeds and will now leave this summer.

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Both players are held in high regard by supporters in LS11 for their on-pitch exploits in recent seasons.

Berardi's seven-year stay began in the summer of 2014 after he made the switch from A side Sampdoria.

The 32-year-old has become known as a hard-hitting defender during his spell, portraying the "side before self" mantra that embodies the Whites.

Hernandez, meanwhile, joined the Leeds ranks two years later in 2016 on an initial loan deal before making his move permanent from Al-Arabi.

El Mago, as he is affectionately known, will forever be remembered for his key role in helping earn United promotion from the Championship last term.

His 12 goals and 12 assists were vital for Marcelo Bielsa side, including a strike at Swansea City in the final minute that has forever been written into United folklore.

A statement read: "The club cannot put into words the gratitude and thanks we share for both players.

"Their loyalty, dedication and enthusiasm both on and off the pitch is unquestionable, they are model professionals and extremely popular in the dressing room.

"Both Gaetano and Pablo will always have places in history at Leeds United, moments supporters will cherish forever and will always be welcome back at Elland Road.

"We'd like to wish both players all the very best for the future and we're sure supporters will give them a worthy send off at Sunday's final match of the season against West Bromwich Albion."

The Whites welcome the Baggies to Elland Road this Sunday with the pair set to say their goodbyes in front of around 8,000 supporters in LS11.