By Craig Scott

22nd Mar, 2020 | 1:39pm

Phil Hay shares what Gaetano Berardi has said about future at Leeds with exit on the cards

Gaetano Berardi has confirmed that he is keen to end his career in Italy with the defender’s contract at Leeds United due to expire in the summer.

Berardi, 31, is Elland Road’s longest-serving player but there are doubts surrounding his future with the one-time Switzerland international not featuring as regularly in Marcelo Bielsa’s first-team plans this season.

The defender will turn 32-years-of-age in August and with Leeds looking likely to win promotion to the Premier League, it remains to be seen whether or not he and the club can reach an agreement over a new deal.

However, Berardi has offered some encouragement on this front as he has told Il Calcio Inglese on Instagram that he would like be happy to stay at Leeds.

But once his career does come to an end, he would like that to be in Italy.

The Athletic’s Phil Hay has translated the gist of what Berardi said in the Italian interview.

“On his future, says he’d like to finish his career in Italy but is happy at Leeds. Contract decision will wait to the end of the season,” said the ex-Yorkshire Evening Post journalist.

Berardi has made 20 appearances in all competitions this season but has only been named in the starting line-up in the Championship on 11 occasions but each of those starts have been when a regular starter has been injured or suspended.

Berardi is an important player in Bielsa’s squad because he can play anywhere in the defence but it is clear that he has dropped down the pecking order this season.

It would be nice to see him stay on another year with Leeds in the Premier League but you can understand why he might be let go or would want to leave.

In other Leeds United news, Boris Johnson has hinted at when football might be able to resume.