Leeds United have confirmed that Gaetano Berardi has put pen-to-paper on a new one-year contract at Elland Road on Friday.
The Swiss defender is currently ruled out of action with the ACL injury that he was forced into surgery for after the 3-1 victory at Derby last season.
Phil Hay shared on the Athletic that Berardi has been back at Thorp Arch for weeks, and started his rehabilitation with the club.
It’s a great move by Andrea Radrizzani, who has always made it clear that he would love to keep Berardi at the club despite his injury.
Speaking at the end of season awards after clinching the Championship title, the club even dedicated a section to the Swiss enforcer.
This contract means that Berardi could have the chance towards the end of the season, to add to his 155 appearances.
Despite being a rotation option for a number of years, Berardi has not once complained and epitomises everything it means to be Leeds.
Berardi is only three months into his injury lay-off, meaning that he will be out for atleast another six months – taking us to April if all goes well.
The Premier League season ends at the end of May, which could see Berardi available for the final month of fixtures if possible.
Despite this, many Leeds fans are delighted with the news that the Whites have announced this deal, claiming it is the best signing of the summer window.
MOT Leeds News have picked out some of the best reactions below…
Best signing of the window that 👏
— Stephen Maher 💙💛 (@stevemaher34) October 16, 2020
This is a fantastic move by the club to reward him for his loyalty even though he is injured
— 💛DD💙 (@dd_lufc) October 16, 2020
Well done @lufc
It's so refreshing to see my club care about it's players, fans, employees & have a clear strategy & plans to take us right to the top.
— Wilfred Martin (@wilfmartin72) October 16, 2020
What a club what a bloke proud as punch today
— hezy (@paulheseltine94) October 16, 2020
Signing of the window
— Nathan💙💛 (@lufcvlogger) October 16, 2020
brilliant #lufc 👍 what a servant this lad has been
— DazIll 🏆 (@Desmondo007) October 16, 2020
Well done Leeds, done the right thing. Berardi is a huge servant to the club and deserves this.
— Lloyd Sutcliffe (@lloyd_sutty) October 16, 2020
This is a quality gesture as there was zero obligation to do this.
— Kagey (@Kagey_) October 16, 2020
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