Leeds United: Fans hope Championship side part ways with 2020-free agent Gaetano Berardi

Leeds United: Fans hope Championship side part ways with 2020-free agent Gaetano Berardi

Loads of Leeds United supporters have been voicing their hope in the West Yorkshire outfit parting ways with Gaetano Berardi, who is out of contract next summer.

Berardi moved to Elland Road from Italian side Sampdoria in the summer of 2014, and has amassed 137 appearances for the Championship outfit across all competitions (TransferMarkt).

His versatility in being a defender capable of playing on either side as well as in his natural central role has been a key benefit utilised by every manager to have taken control of United during Berardi’s time at the club, but he has begun to lose part of his cult hero status.

Some of the fans voicing their hope in this being the 31-year-old’s final season at their side have noted his disciplinary record and tendency to be a liability as justification of parting ways. Supporters have heavily pointed to his involvement in Derby County eliminating Marcelo Bielsa’s men from the Championship Play-Offs last season, as well, as he saw red in the Semi-Finals second leg.

Those keen to see the back of Berardi may yet get their wishes granted, as Leeds are not understood to have opened contract negotiations with the one-time Switzerland international (The Athletic).

Berardi is said to be the only member of Leeds’ senior squad out of contract next summer to have yet held talks over extending their time at the club, while Stuart Dallas, Mateusz Klich and Pablo Hernandez have all held discussions at some stage of the current campaign.

If Leeds are open to his departure, they could look to cash-in come the winter market opening, but would be unlikely to receive a grand fee for the experienced defender, valued at £450,000 by TransferMarkt.

Loads of United supporters hope their side do not retain Berardi’s services, though…

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