'Devastated', 'absolutely gutted': Some Leeds fans react to announcement from Elland Road
A number of Leeds United fans have paid tribute to Whites duo Gaetano Berardi and Pablo Hernandez after the club confirmed that both players are leaving Elland Road at the end of the season.
Berardi’s Leeds contract expires at the end of the season, while Hernandez is contracted to the Whites until 2022 but has been linked with a return to his native Spain.
According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Hernandez was on the radar of hometown club Castellon in January, but Leeds turned down an offer for him to maintain their squad depth.
Berardi arrived at Leeds in the summer of 2014 from Italian outfit Sampdoria, having been capped once by his native Switzerland, and is the club’s longest serving first-team player.
Meanwhile, Hernandez joined Leeds in the summer of 2016, initially on a six-month loan from Qatari club Al-Arabi, and has gone on to make 174 appearances for the Whites.
Both played a significant role in the Leeds side that earned promotion to the Premier League last year, putting an end to 16 years of hurt.
“The club cannot put into words the gratitude and thanks we share for both players,” Leeds said in a statement.
“Their loyalty, dedication and enthusiasm both on and off the pitch is unquestionable, they are model professionals and extremely popular in the dressing room.”
Leeds fans reacted to the sad news with a lot of emotion as two players who have written their name in Whites folklore are now set to bring the curtain down on their career at Elland Road.
Actually devastated 😔 Leeds fans going to the ground on Sunday I know you will all already but give these two warriors a proper Leeds send off. Pablo, Gaetano Thank you for playing your part in getting this fantastic club back to where it belongs #alaw #mot #lufc
— Kieran (@KieranALAW) May 21, 2021
Pablo 😭 what can we say about him? Has dragged us through the last few years. Without doubt our most important player of this century. A complete inspiration and Leeds United legend.
— Mike (@Segundo_VoIante) May 21, 2021
Christ almighty, feeling emotional after reading statements. The end of an era, neither will be forgotten. MOT
— Micky P Kerr (@MickyPKerr) May 21, 2021
Seeing as we all can’t be there to show them our gratitude for years of service, it would be nice if the club did a kind of Testimonial for them. So that we can all show them how much we appreciate what they’ve done for us #MOT #ALAW #ModernDayLegends
— David McGinlay (@Quigmeister) May 21, 2021
Give pablo or Berra the armband & play both. It’s the least they deserve.
I haven’t got a ticket but I’m off down sunday to give them a good send off from outside the ground.
— Tony LUFC 🏆 (@Tonylufc28) May 21, 2021
My tv speakers better explode ‘1,2,3,4 PABBLLOOOO HERNANDEZ’
— Qatar Whites 🇶🇦 (@Leedsfansinqat1) May 21, 2021
Sad news, two absolute heroes for different reasons…Pablo an absolute genius and a class above, and Berardi an absolute warrior who’d bleed for the club.
Eternally grateful to both and they’ll go down as legends with what they helped us achieve.
Standing ovation for them Sunday
— Mick Ward (@MWardy21) May 21, 2021
Absolutely gutted. Both heros and will go down as leeds legends. I will miss you both massively for everything you have done for those club. I wish you all the best you deserve it. You will be missed #lufc #ALAW #MOT
— Ryan Faulkner (@ryanleeds87) May 21, 2021
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