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Leeds must rip up contract of mainstay as big-money drain revealed

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It is time that Leeds right-back Gaetano Berardi had his contract ripped up and was shown the exit door.

The 29-year-old Switzerland international had his five-game suspension confirmed by the Football Association, as a result of a two-footed challenge on Sunderland’s Callum McManaman in the weekend’s draw against Chris Coleman’s side.

Not only does that mean the full-back will now be out for the season, it also means that Berardi has missed ten games for his club, which considering their plight doesn’t make easy reading.

According to the Daily Star, the enforcer earns £8,000-a-week at Elland which means that the recently named captain has thrown away £80,000 – something that a club with the budget of the Whites cannot afford to consistently do.

Andrea Radrizzani should cut his losses now and bring in a right-back that can offer more than Berardi does.

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IT may be argued that he is passionate, gives his all for the club, is gritty and determined but that spills over all too often – a headbutt against Cardiff City was just another example of the Swiss international’s tendency to lose his calm.

It shouldn’t be forgotten that Berardi is, for the most part, well-liked amongst the Leeds faithful but his overzealousness is costing the club and a decision needs to be made.

There have been pockets of fans now calling for the hierarchy to get rid of the 29-year-old so they wouldn’t face a revolt if this were to happen.

In other Leeds United news, reliable journalist: Leeds take on defender from third-placed side ahead of prospective transfer.

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