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Paul Robinson has said that the ball is now in Gaetano Berardi’s court as to whether he signs a new deal with Leeds.
Robinson was talking after Athletic journalist Phil Hay revealed that Leeds and Marcelo Bielsa want the defender to stay beyond his contract expiring this summer.
He said finances could well come into Berardi’s decision with a free transfer likely to be more lucrative for the 31-year-old.
Berardi is currently back-up in the centre of defence but has played brilliantly when he’s been called upon.
He’s made 17 appearances in the Championship this season with 11 starts.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “Now that everyone’s had time away from the field, negotiations could have been going on in the back.
“Normally, this late into the season, there are only nine games left in the Championship, it would all be sorted by now.
“Negotiations have obviously taken place, the club are happy, now the ball’s in his court and they’re waiting to hear from him.
“It will be Berardi’s decision, whether playing time is important, whether playing in the Premier League is important or whether finances are important to him, to maximise his deal at his time in his career.
“When you go on a free obviously you can probably command a bigger wage than you could by negotiating a contract with the club you’re at.”
Berardi is a popular player at Leeds because of his full-blooded commitment and passion.
Supporters will be hoping that he decides to stay, at least for another year, especially as Leeds could also lose loanee Ben White.
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