Content Gaetano Berardi discusses Leeds United improvement and future

GAETANO BERARDI has expressed his satisfaction with life at Leeds United Football Club which the defender says is improving on and off the pitch.

Tuesday, 17th December 2019, 4:50 pm
Updated Tuesday, 17th December 2019, 6:03 pm
SATISFIED: Leeds United defender Gaetano Berardi applauds the Whites' travelling support following the recent 2-0 win at Huddersield Town. Photo by Bruce Rollinson.

Berardi is now in his sixth season at Leeds with the defender out of contract next summer and prepared to wait to see the club's plans in discussing his longer term future.

The defender has played a vital role in putting United in a fine position in the Championship's automatic promotion places and the 31-year-old says the club is continually getting better in all areas under chairman Andrea Radrizzani.

January will mark the Italian businessman's three-year anniversary since his arrival at Leeds with Radrizzani initially initially buying a 50 per cent share from Massimo Cellino before taking full control of the club in May 2017.

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Leeds looked certain to achieve promotion to the Premier League in Radrizzani's second full season in charge only for United to fade in the final month of the season from the second automatic promotion spot to third.

Defeat to Derby County in the play-offs semi-finals followed but seven months later Leeds have a ten-point cushion in the automatic promotion spots.

"This year is really good like I think last year," said Berardi.

"Like the team, the club is still improving. They are doing a great job and we just need to wait to the end of the season and see what we do."

Berardi has again been in and out of the starting XI so far this term with the versatile centre-back or full-back starting United's last three games with captain Liam Cooper missing with a calf strain.

Popular former Swiss international Berardi has now made 142 appearances for the Whites and asked what it would mean to take Leeds to the Premier in his sixth season at Leeds, the defender also dropped hints about his long term future.

"I don't know what the plan of the club is," he said.

"But we will have to talk.

"Of course I am enjoying it. When I play I am enjoying it and even when I am not playing it's difficult to be out but it's good to be in this team and to see the lads winning games."