Leeds United news round-up: Pablo Hernandez and Daniel Ayala latest

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It could be a memorable season for Leeds United supporters.

After suffering relegation from the Premier League in 2004, it's been 16 years since the club have played a match in the top flight of English football.

That could be about to change.

Marcelo Bielsa's side are on track to secure promotion to the Premier League as they sit in second place in the league.

Level on points with 1st place West Brom, Leeds are seven points clear of the play-off position with just eight games to go.

Attention now turns to Saturday's clash with Fulham, while matters off the pitch are focused on preparing for what could be a busy old summer.

Here's the latest news to come out of Elland Road.

Leeds United make Daniel Ayala decision

Leeds United have decided not to take the option of signing Daniel Ayala this summer, according to The Mirror.

The defender is available on a free transfer this summer after rejecting the offer of a new contract with current club Middlesbrough.

Ayala has been a Boro player since 2013, but is set to end that association when his deal expires next week.

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Alan Hutton backs Leeds United to secure promotion

Alan Hutton has backed Leeds United to overcome their recent blip to secure promotion to the Premier League.

The Whites slipped up with a 2-0 defeat against Cardiff City at the weekend, and face a massive clash against promotion rivals Fulham this week.

The former defender discussed Leeds United's ability to get the job done, and said that the side this season appear to be much tougher mentally than last term.

Speaking to Football Insider, Hutton said: “Yeah. I think it’s always there, for any outsider looking in, it’s always going to be the same: ‘Oh, here we go again, it’s happening.’

“I think they’re very strong this year, they’ve gone through all these different experiences in previous seasons and it will make them better, make them stronger going forward.

“Yes, it’s a blip, but this isn’t normal for anybody this situation, coming back into this, so everybody’s going to find it difficult and find their own feet as quickly as possible.

“I don’t see it as being a massive problem, I think we’ll know more in the next game or two, but I think they’ve got more than enough to finish the season on top.”

Noel Whelan backs Pablo Hernandez to be involved against Fulham

Noel Whelan is hopeful that Pablo Hernandez will return for the weekend's clash with Fulham.

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The playmaker missed the clash with Cardiff City with a niggle, but according to the former Whites star, should be back for Saturday's match.

Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan said: "We are hoping that Pablo is back against Fulham

“We lacked that little bit of brilliance that is needed against teams like Cardiff. They sat very deep and you need that brilliance in games like that and he is the only player at the club that can produce that.

“Hopefully that inspiration is back on Saturday against Fulham.

“We definitely need to improve. We need to iron out the mistakes and get a big sharper, angrier and dangerous in front of goal.”

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