Danny Mills has urged Gaetano Berardi to sign a new contract at Leeds United even if he is offered less money than he is currently on at the club.

The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested contracts could be few and far between for the 31-year-old elsewhere as clubs across Europe feel the financial bite of the coronavirus pandemic.

Berardi is out of contract this June but The Athletic‘s Phil Hay revealed that the club and Marcelo Bielsa are keen for the centre-half to remain at Elland Road.

If the Championship restarts next month the Swiss defender is expected to sign a short-term deal to ensure he is available for the remaining fixtures but beyond that, his future is unclear.

When asked by Football Insider if he expected the two parties to agree terms on a new deal, Mills said: “Leeds might be better off keeping what they have got given the economic times we are in.

“I am guessing he will be offered slightly less in terms of finances. He will have to think if there is anywhere else that he can go. Money in football is drying up at that level – who else is going to pay those sort of wages?

“I was told as a player, “You sign for as much as you can, for as long as you can.”

“You can always get out of a contract. You can walk away if you want. It is simple. It is much harder to earn a contract than it is to tear one up.”

Berardi has made 20 appearances under Marcelo Bielsa this season, having played second fiddle to Ben White and Liam Cooper.

His decision may be reliant on the outcome of this season, with Leeds’ promotion likely to further limit the centre-back’s game time.

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