Leeds delaying Berardi contract talks

Leeds United
Gaetano Berardi

Reports claims Leeds are putting off contract negotiations with defender Gaetano Berardi despite entering the final year of his deal.

Berardi established himself as a regular fixture with Leeds after being lured to the club from Sampdoria by former owner Massimo Cellino in the summer of 2014.

However, the one-time Switzerland international has fallen down the pecking order over the past two seasons under boss Marcelo Bielsa.

He made just 15 league appearances last season and has been restricted to just two starts in 2019-20.

Discipline has been an issue throughout Berardi’s career and it’s understood Leeds have concerns over his long-term future in West Yorkshire.

It was claimed the Peacocks were keen to keep the 31-year-old at Elland Road beyond his current deal which expires at the end of the term.

But the latest reports suggest they are holding off on negotiations until at least the New Year as they consider other options.

Leeds have already handed out fresh deals this season with Stuart Dallas, Luke Ayling and Mateusz Klich being tied down.