Gaetano Berardi issues update over injury and Leeds United future

GAETANO BERARDI says he will return to England in September to define his Leeds United future with his long recovery from a torn ACL progressing well.

Saturday, 12th September 2020, 11:46 am
Updated Saturday, 12th September 2020, 11:52 am

Former Swiss international defender Berardi saw his season end in premature fashion with the 32-year-old suffering an ACL tear in his knee in United's penultimate game of the season at Derby County.

The defender's already extended Whites contract expired at the end of the season but Whites chairman Andrea Radrizzani paid tribute to Berardi's commitment at United's end-of-the-season awards ceremony in July, saying the club had "prepared something to remind him that he's Leeds, and adding "he's one of us whatever decision he will take."

Berardi was thought to be facing up to nine months out and the hard man centre-back or full back provided an update as to his situation when speaking to Swiss media.

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WARRIOR: The injured Gaetano Berardi, centre, celebrates Leeds United's promotion to the Premier League as Championship title winners with Kalvin Phillips, left, and Gjanni Alioski. Picture by Tim Goode/PA Wire.

"I go walking a lot but it’s going well, even if it will be a long recovery," Berardi told Swiss media outlet RSI.

"At the end of September I should go back to England to define everything and still stay at Leeds.

“We deserved the promotion and we hope to stay up in the Premier League too. I think the team is well equipped and we will have the opportunity to show our qualities.”

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Thank you Laura Collins