Wednesday 26 July 2017

Abel Hernandez's future is still uncertain at Hull

Abel Hernandez aims to close the season on a high
Abel Hernandez aims to close the season on a high

Hull striker Abel Hernandez's future remains uncertain after he confirmed the club have not yet approached him for talks over an extended contract.

Hernandez, a reported £16.8million target for Chinese Super League side Beijing Guoan in January and linked with several Premier League clubs, said he was focused solely on Hull's bid to escape relegation.

The Tigers travel to Stoke on Saturday and the Uruguay international appears happy to follow the lead of head coach Marco Silva, who revealed last week that his own future would be resolved at the end of the season.

"Now, there's more important things than what's going to happen with my future," said Hernandez.

"I'm thinking about Hull and what I want to do is help Hull stay in the Premier League."

Hull, promoted back to the top flight last May, are two points above the drop zone with six games remaining and the club's owners, the Allam family, appear to have put all contract talks on hold.

When asked if he had spoken to the club about an extended deal, the 26-year-old said: "No not yet. I haven't talked to the club yet, we haven't had a meeting.

"There were a lot of rumours about China, but the club never got an official offer for me.

"I'm calm, I have the manager to deal with, so there's nothing else at the moment."

Hull recently climbed out of the bottom three on the back of their impressive home form under Silva, who signed a six-month deal when he replaced Mike Phelan in January.

But the Tigers have only won once away in the Premier League this season - at Swansea in August - and another season in the top flight could hinge on them picking up points from their remaining three games on the road.

"We've been playing really good at home, but when we've played away we haven't really performed as well as we should have," Hernandez said.

"We've been playing some good football at some points when playing against big teams and now we need to beat the direct teams, like Stoke, and hopefully get away with it.

"We have a good chance to beat Stoke this weekend. It would be good to win away and get three points and stay in the Premier League, that would be good."

Hernandez has scored only five goals this season with surgery to resolve a hernia problem at the end of last year and a torn a hamstring in February restricting him to 26 appearances.

That compares to his 24 goals in the Championship during the previous campaign and the Uruguayan said he wanted to end a disappointing season with a flourish.

"I'm feeling a lot better," he added. "For a striker it's not good to be injured and not being fit for the whole of the year, but I'm fit and back on track again to be on top form and get some goals in."

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