Leeds United star Pablo Hernandez has been revealed as a major deciding factor in the club luring Spanish international Diego Llorente to Elland Road.

The Whites have seen their pulling power for transfers grow immeasurably in the Premier League after promotion, along with having Marcelo Bielsa as manager, meaning players that we wouldn’t expect to be available are genuinely viable options.

The club pulled off a brilliant deal to bring in Rodrigo Moreno from cash-strapped Valencia and Robin Koch from Freiburg, but have now added more strength at the back with Diego Llorente from La Liga side Real Sociedad.

With a fee of £18million securing the Spaniard’s services, it’s another marquee signing added to Marcelo Bielsa’s squad that came out of relatively nowhere in the past few days.

Speaking for the first time since becoming a Leeds United player to BBC West Yorkshire Sport, Llorente commented how he was convinced to join the club, paying particular attention to a certain Spaniard already at the club. He stated: “With Pablo, I talked with him a few days ago.

“He talked to me about the city, the team, he told me how it was in the team.

“It was an important factor for me, this conversation with him.”

“This step is very important, I am doing the right thing. I come to the Premier League, I hope to help my team-mates and improve my football.”

Hernandez orchestrates not only on the pitch but seemingly off it too as he helped edge Llorente into the move to West Yorkshire and the Leeds fans love it…

The pull of playing for a ‘big club’ was a big factor that Leeds played on in the Championship when signing players but the Premier League is full of those types.

With that in mind, luring players needs the convincing to come from the project going on, with Marcelo Bielsa’s work speaking for itself and clearly being enough for Llorente.

Having the Spanish connection was probably huge for getting this over the line so quickly and Hernandez is as much of an ambassador for the club as anyone.

It’s not a tough deal to sell given where Leeds are looking to be, but it’s great to see Hernandez so eager to ensure a player joins.

Leeds United star Pablo Hernandez has been revealed as a major deciding factor in the club luring Spanish international Diego Llorente to Elland Road.

The Whites have seen their pulling power for transfers grow immeasurably in the Premier League after promotion, along with having Marcelo Bielsa as manager, meaning players that we wouldn’t expect to be available are genuinely viable options.

The club pulled off a brilliant deal to bring in Rodrigo Moreno from cash-strapped Valencia and Robin Koch from Freiburg, but have now added more strength at the back with Diego Llorente from La Liga side Real Sociedad.

With a fee of £18million securing the Spaniard’s services, it’s another marquee signing added to Marcelo Bielsa’s squad that came out of relatively nowhere in the past few days.

Speaking for the first time since becoming a Leeds United player to BBC West Yorkshire Sport, Llorente commented how he was convinced to join the club, paying particular attention to a certain Spaniard already at the club. He stated: “With Pablo, I talked with him a few days ago.

“He talked to me about the city, the team, he told me how it was in the team.

“It was an important factor for me, this conversation with him.”

“This step is very important, I am doing the right thing. I come to the Premier League, I hope to help my team-mates and improve my football.”

Hernandez orchestrates not only on the pitch but seemingly off it too as he helped edge Llorente into the move to West Yorkshire and the Leeds fans love it…

The pull of playing for a ‘big club’ was a big factor that Leeds played on in the Championship when signing players but the Premier League is full of those types.

With that in mind, luring players needs the convincing to come from the project going on, with Marcelo Bielsa’s work speaking for itself and clearly being enough for Llorente.

Having the Spanish connection was probably huge for getting this over the line so quickly and Hernandez is as much of an ambassador for the club as anyone.

It’s not a tough deal to sell given where Leeds are looking to be, but it’s great to see Hernandez so eager to ensure a player joins.