According to reports from Football Insider, Leeds United striker Gaetano Berardi is open to remaining in Yorkshire, but the club is in no rush to offer the player a fresh term. They are planning to wait till the end of the current campaign before deciding whether or not to discuss terms with the Switzerland international.
Berardi has become somewhat of a fan favourite. He has spent six years with the club. The relationship he has with the club’s fans has perhaps dissuaded him from talking with teams from abroad. Berardi is attracting interest from other clubs but the player is determined to continue with Leeds.
The Covid19 pandemic has made matters complicated. The club is ready to wait till the situation improves before making any move about the player’s contract. The Corona virus outbreak has put all football matches in the country on hold. There has been no action since March, leaving Leeds’ promotion campaign very much in the balance. The Whites, before the league was suspended, looked set to achieve automatic promotion to the Premier League, with Marcelo Bielsa’s side looking to return to the Premier League after a 16-year absence.
Should the season be resumed by June as proposed by EFL, Berardi could see his contract automatically extended to complete the rest of the current campaign with the Whites. Leeds could then look to negotiate fresh terms. But according to inside sources from the club, there will be no talk till football returns.
Berardi, 31, will be out of contract in the summer and he has been able to discuss a pre-contract agreement with clubs abroad since the beginning of the year. But former West Ham United attacker Kieron Dyer stated that Leeds United can not afford to lose Berardi. He revealed that the player has given so much for the club and he deserves to play for the club in the English Premier League.