Phillips: Berardi has 'played his last game for Leeds' after what I've seen
Gaetano Berardi has played his last game for Leeds United and will leave upon the expiration of his contract this summer.
That is the view of 2000 European Golden Shoe winner Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 32-year-old’s future at Elland Road.
Berardi is yet to play for the first team this season, having been sidelined with an ACL injury until February.
The fans favourite, who has made 155 career appearances for the Whites, is out of contract at the end of this season and looks set to leave Elland Road as a free agent.
He has been on the bench for recent Premier League matches, including the 2-1 win over Man City last weekend.
But Liam Cooper, Diego Llorente, Robin Koch and Pascal Struijk are all ahead of the former Switzerland international in Marcelo Bielsa’s pecking order.
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When asked by Football Insider if the end is nigh for Berardi at Elland Road, Phillips said:
“When you look at it, he has probably played his last game for Leeds. You just have to look at the players in front of him and who are on the bench to see that it will be very difficult for him to get any game time.
“If he hasn’t been offered a new deal by now you would have to say that his time at Leeds is probably coming to an end. He has been a good servant for them and it is time to move on.
“I am sure Leeds will be looking to strengthen in the summer and if they can free up a bit of room on the wage bill, they will probably take it.
“It is not like Berardi would play a lot next season either. I think his time at Leeds is coming to an end.”
Speaking on Berardi last summer, Bielsa told Leeds Live: “Berardi, for all of us, he’s an example.
“Don’t think the fact I say he is an example, I don’t value his football ability.”