Leeds promotion-winners Gaetano Berardi and Pablo Hernandez to leave the club… with much-loved duo bidding farewell to fans at Elland Road in final game against West Brom
- Gaetano Berardi and Pablo Hernandez will leave Leeds at the end of the season
- Both players were crucial to securing Leeds’ return to the Premier League
- Fans will have the chance to say goodbye to the duo at Elland Road on Sunday
Leeds have announced that fan favourites Gaetano Berardi and Pablo Hernandez will leave the club at the end of the season.
Both players will have the opportunity to say their goodbyes to supporters at Elland Road in Leeds’ final match of the season against West Brom.
Berardi and Hernandez are beloved by the Leeds faithful for their key roles in securing the club’s return to the top tier of English football after a 16-year absence.
Leeds have announced Gaetano Berardi (left) and Pablo Hernandez (right) are to leave the club
Berardi and Hernandez will bid farewell to Leeds fans at Elland Road against West Brom
Berardi, 32, has had a torrid time of things since Leeds’ Premier League return, getting a serious knee injury at the end of last season that has meant he only made his top-flight debut against Southampton on Tuesday.
He has been Leeds’ longest-serving player since joining in 2014, arriving from Sampdoria and making his debut in a 2-1 win over Accrington Stanley in the Championship.
Hernandez has been Leeds’ talismanic centre-forward for several years and flourished after Marcelo Bielsa’s arrival in 2018.
Berardi (right) made his Premier League debut for Leeds against Southampton on Tuesday
The 36-year-old etched his name into Leeds football history when he scored what was the Premier League promotion-clinching goal in a 1-0 victory against Swansea in 2019.
A firm favourite, Hernandez won the club’s player of the year award three times in a row.
An injury-riddled season has hampered his final term with Leeds, and Hernandez is expected to return to his native Spain.
Hernandez scored the promotion-clinching goal in 2019 in a 1-0 victory against Swansea
In a statement, Leeds said the club ‘cannot put into words the gratitude and thanks we share for both players’.
‘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,’ the statement continued.
‘We’d like to wish both players all the very best for the future and we’re sure supporters will give both of them a worthy send off at Sunday’s final match of the season against West Bromwich Albion.’
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