Exclusive: 'It's important' – Paul Robinson claims Leeds should offer 31y/o new two-year deal
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Paul Robinson thinks that Leeds should tie centre-back Gaetano Berardi down to a new contract, with his current deal expiring in the summer.
He’s the only Leeds first-team player with a permanent contract expiring in 2020 not to have been snapped up on a new deal.
Leeds have already signed Luke Ayling, Liam Cooper, Stuart Dallas, Kalvin Phillips, Mateusz Klich and Pablo Hernandez to new long-term contracts this season.
However, Robinson thinks 31-year-old Berardi – who is the understudy to Ben White and Liam Cooper at the back this season – has done enough for another two years at Elland Road.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, he said, “I think it would be good to tie Berardi down because we’ve seen Cooper out this year and Berardi’s stood in at centre-half and done a good job.
“For somebody like him, who can play at centre-back or either flank, it’s important to tie him down to a contract.
“Any player that runs into the last year of their contract that you want to keep, it’s important to get negotiating.
“Whether he wants to stay, whether the club want him to stay, in my opinion, I think they should give him another couple of years.”
According to a report on Football Insider in October, Leeds were adopting a “wait and see” approach to Berardi.
A new deal would depend on how much he was being used and whether Leeds will be in the Premier League next season.
However, Berardi will be a free agent in the summer and could agree a pre-contract deal with an overseas club in January.
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