Gaetano Berardi could have a decision to make over his Leeds United future at the end of the season, according to the Mirror.
The Swiss defender’s contract is set to run out in June, and it could be up to him whether he stays at Elland Road or moves on.
Berardi has been at Leeds since 2014 and has played 136 times for the club in that time, scoring two goals.
However, under Marcelo Bielsa, he has seen his game time significantly reduced. Indeed last season he made just 13 Championship appearances after failing to break back into the team following injury (via Transfermarkt).
He has once again struggled to force himself into the starting 11 this term, with Liam Cooper and Ben White starting the campaign as the first-choice pairing at centre-back. He has started just three times in the Championship, and two of those have come recently due to an injury to Cooper.
Despite not being a regular, the Mirror are reporting that Leeds are still prepared to extend the Switzerland international’s contract beyond the summer.
It is thought that he is a popular player in the dressing room, and the club’s hierarchy would like to keep hold of him due to his experience. However, they are believed to be prepared to leave the decision down to Berardi, so he must choose whether to stay or leave on a free transfer.
It will be a tough decision for Berardi, after all, he is currently in his sixth season with Leeds.
But he is not getting much game time at all and is clearly seen as defensive cover by Bielsa who has preferred White and Cooper this term.
It is possible that the Whites will be promoted to the Premier League this term, and if they do then Berardi’s opportunities to play would probably be limited even further as they would surely look to bring in some higher calibre players.
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