Revealed: Leeds in line to secure new deal after big PL development
Leeds United are set to extend Gaetano Berardi’s contract until the end of the season after Premier League clubs were given the green light, Football Insider understands.
The Switzerland international, 31, is out of contract at the end of June has been free to agree a pre-contract with an overseas club since the start of January.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that Berardi is expected to agree a short-term extension after Premier League clubs voted to allow out-of-contract players to sign until the season finishes.
The governing body announced yesterday that “players can extend their contracts beyond June 30 until the end of the season, but it must be agreed by both parties”.
Clubs and players have been given until 23 June to reach agreements.
The English Football League is set to follow the Premier League in adapting the same guidelines for out-of-contract players.
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There is genuine hope the Championship season can be completed even though Leagues One and Two are likely to be terminated prematurely.
Leeds are at the heart of the promotion battle and Berardi is a key member of Marcelo Bielsa’s squad.
His future beyond this season is up in the air, although the long-serving star is keen to remain at Elland Road and his family is settled in Yorkshire.
Like most clubs, United have been reluctant to make too many key personnel decisions at a time when football is two months, into a global suspension due to the pandemic and their promotion bid is up in the air.
Berardi has been the third choice centre-back at Leeds during Bielsa’s two seasons at the helm and has made 11 league starts among 20 appearances this season.
Most of them have come as a replacement for Liam Cooper when he’s been injured.
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