By Michael Brown

31st May, 2020 | 8:00am

Exclusive: Bielsa has a big Leeds player dilemma after Phil Hay update - pundit

Michael Brown claims that Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa is facing a dilemma over whether to try and tie Geatano Berardi down to a new contract.

The former Leeds midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the Whites want to reward the 31-year-old for his loyalty but that doing so may limit their spending elsewhere.

The Athletic’s Phil Hay claims that club want to keep the Swiss utility man at Elland Road for next season, with his current deal set to expire this summer.

However, with finances in football expected to take a major hit due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Brown believes handing Berardi a new deal is by no means cut and dry.

“It all comes down to the relationship with the manager, where does the manager see him playing?’ Brown told Football Insider.

“It’s a hard one, you want to reward all your squad but you’ve got to try and improve. The key is now is what deals can you get done and how does it affect your finances and other deals.

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“They’ll either say they’ll keep a player that might not play all the time or they’ll let him go and see what’s out there. It all depends on the club.

“Some clubs will probably make decisions where you think they should have kept hold of them and a few the opposite, where they’ll think they’re just going to keep the squad together because you don’t know what you’re going to get.” 

Berardi has played a backup role for Bielsa this season, filling in for the likes of Luke Ayling, Liam Cooper and Kalvin Phillips during their respective absences.

He has a total of 150 appearances under his belt at Elland Road, with eight red cards and two goals to his name.

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