Berardi’s Leeds future up in the air as Whites playing waiting game

Leeds United

Gaetano Berardi could be allowed to walk away from Leeds United at the end of the season with the club putting talks on hold.

The 31-year-old looks set to be able to talk to non-English sides in January when his existing contract at Elland Road enters its final six months.

It had previously been reported that Leeds were keen to sit down with the Swiss defender to discuss his future. However, nothing has come of those reports and the two parties have seemingly made little or no headway on an extension.

The former Sampdoria man had been in and out of Marcelo Biesla’s side since the Argentine took charge, managing 15 appearances in the 2018/19 campaign.

He has been a more regular figure in Biesla’s teams in this campaign, making a total of eight appearances, while he has featured in Leeds’ last four matches, including Tuesday’s draw at Preston.

Despite having seemingly worked his way back into the South American’s plans, the West Yorkshire outfit appear to be in no rush to get him tied down to a new contract.

It is understood the club will wait to see how the season unfolds before re-opening talks but it could be too late by that point if Berardi reaches a pre-contract agreement with a foreign team in that time.

Leeds have three recognised centre-backs on their books at this time in Berardi, Liam Cooper and Ben White although the latter is only on loan for the season from Brighton, with little prospect of him staying permanently.

Berardi has been on the books at Leeds since 2014 following his move from Sampdoria and has made 139 appearances for the club.