The Athletic’s Phil Hay has given his thoughts on the future of Leeds United defender Gaetano Berardi, who is free to leave the club this summer.
Berardi arrived at Elland Road back in 2014 from Italian side Sampdoria and he has since gone on to become a solid option at the back for Marcelo Bielsa, providing back-up to full-back’s Stuart Dallas and Luke Ayling this term and at centre-back too.
17 league appearances with 30% of those coming from the start this season have seen his playing time get less and less, but with Leeds set to gain promotion to the Premier League, Bielsa may still opt to keep the Swiss on the books.
Looking into a potential summer deal, Wayne Veysey of Football Insider claimed that the 31-year-old was keen to finish his career with the Yorkshire club, but Hay has now cast that into doubt, claiming that a new contract will depend on how the defender plays over the final nine games of the season.
Whilst Hay does reveal the above, the former Yorkshire Evening Post journalist goes on to add that both Leeds as a club and Bielsa want the defender to sign a new deal.
It does seem like everyone involved with Leeds wants Berardi to stay on, but it could be potentially that they are weighing up finances and the club’s wage budget ahead of next season, whilst also waiting to see if he performs well enough to warrant fresh terms.
The current postponement of football has put a strain on clubs in a financial sense and it does seem obvious that clubs will be doing less business than normal this summer.
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