'It's not over' - Gaetano Berardi's Leeds United vow and city pledge as defender prepares to relocate

GAETANO Berardi is leaving the city of Leeds with a heavy heart but says his Whites experience is not over forever.

Thursday, 27th May 2021, 4:03 pm

Tough-tackling Leeds United defender Berardi will depart the Whites this summer after a seven-year stint following his switch from Sampdoria in the summer of 2014.

The 32-year-old admits it has recently dawned on him what leaving the actual city will mean but says there will always be opportunities to return to Elland Road.

"It's difficult. I was realising this in the last weeks," said Berardi, asked by LUTV about moving on from the city of Leeds itself.

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I'LL BE BACK: Says Leeds United promotion-winning hero Gaetano Berardi. Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images.

"I was thinking about this, you are leaving the city, you are leaving the people, you are leaving the club and it's sad, it's really sad and it's hard.

"But this is life and of course there will be a chance to come back here. I don't know when, just to see games or watch some games and to see some people.

"It's not over forever so I am happy to leave with these feelings and to bring something important from this experience with me."

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Thank you Laura Collins