By Noel Whelan

10th Mar, 2020 | 8:00am

'We need a different class of player' - Exclusive: Whelan tells Leeds man to quit

Danny Mills has tipped Gaetano Berardi to leave Leeds United this summer as his contract nears its end.

The former Elland Road and Manchester City full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, admitted the 31-year-old will struggle for game time next season if the club gains promotion to the Premier League.

Berardi is into the last fourth months of his current contract having spent six seasons with the Championship club since arriving from Sampdoria in July 2014.

During that time the former Switzerland international has made 150 appearances for the Whites, scoring twice.

When asked whether he saw the central defender being at Elland Road next season, Whelan told Football Insider“It is really difficult because we will need a different class of player, no disrespect to Gaetano but we will need something more.

“At the back end of your career, you want to play as much football as possible because your career is short and you do not want to spend it sitting on the bench. You want to contribute more often than one game every two months.

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“If he is happy doing that then fine, but if it was me I would want to move on. Help Leeds get to the Premier League but then finish your career playing as much as you can.” 

Berardi started in the weekend’s 2-0 victory over Huddersfield, replacing the injured Kalvin Phillips as Ben White stepped into holding midfield to accommodate the Swiss defender.

The victory saw United replace West Brom at the summit of the Championship with six more wins enough to guarantee promotion to the Premier League.

In other Leeds United news, Danny Mills has told Football Insider he spotted star man ‘limping’ after the final whistle on Saturday.