Pablo Hernandez makes Leeds United prediction and 'Whites family' in Castellon vow
PABLO Hernandez has no doubt that Leeds United will kick on again next year, blessed with a dressing room with which it is "easy to achieve".
Spanish playmaker Hernandez has brought down the curtain on a glorious five years at Elland Road in which the Whites magician proved integral to sealing the club a return to Premier League football.
Thirty-six-year-old Hernandez is now leaving the club this summer but says he departs knowing that United have it within their compass to kick on again after a hugely impressive ninth-placed finish upon their Premier League return.
"We have done the most important thing," said Hernandez, speaking to LUTV.
"After promotion, I think in the first year, we showed that these players and this squad had the right level to compete in the Premier League against everybody and this is the first step.
"I think the second step is to consolidate this and start to think bigger and start to think of the next step and try to improve next year.
"I hope that this happens in the future and I know that with these players and these people in the dressing room it's easy to achieve.
"Hopefully from now I support Leeds from Spain or from wherever I am, from the TV with a different sight of the screen.
"I will try to give all my support to the players and the club."
Hernandez, who is departing the club along with fellow promotion-winning hero Gaetano Berardi, also says that he will definitely stay in contact with the club and that anybody who has shared his Whites journey now has a family forever in Castellon, Spain.
Hernandez was born in Castellon which remains his hometown.
Asked about staying in contact with Berardi and the club in general, Hernandez said: "For sure.
"I think I arrived here like a player.
"I knew the boys like players, like football players, like a teammate.
"But I leave this club like a friend and they know they have a friend and a family here for the rest of my life and in Spain, in Castellon, they have a family.
"If they need something or if they go to Spain then they have a family there because of all the moments that we share in this club in the last five years, all the work behind it, all the bad days behind.
"This gave the possibility to us to build a good relationship, not like team mates but more like friends."
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Thank you Laura Collins