By Noel Whelan

17th Mar, 2020 | 11:00am

Exclusive: Whelan suggests Leeds may hand 'week-to-week' deal to defender

Noel Whelan suggests Leeds United may hand Gaetano Berardi a “week-to-week contract” if the Championship season extends beyond June. 

The former Elland Road striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted it is important to keep the 31-year-old for the entirety the season if it extends beyond June.

The EFL announced on Friday, along with the Premier League and FA, that all fixtures were to be suspended until April 3 due to the outbreak of coronavirus.

However, with COVID-19 in its relative infancy in the UK, it is expected the EFL will postpone the season further.

Berardi is out of contract this June and with the possibility of the season being played in the summer – Whelan was asked how the club would approach such an issue.

“What you can do is a week-to-week contract,” he told Football Insider.

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“Staying on the same amount of money and if the season goes on longer than your contract you sign a week-to-week deal. It is as simple as that. That is the most sensible thing for the football club and the player.

“They still get paid rather than leaving the football club. A week by week deal on the same money is not going to break them but it is also fair on the player. It is important to keep a player who has been an integral part of the squad all season.”  

Berardi has made 20 appearances under Marcelo Bielsa this season, helping United to top of the table in the Championship.

The EFL released a second statement today saying no further decision has been taken on the matter.

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