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Berardi signs new three-year contract

The popular defender’s contract was due to expire at the end of this season

Leeds United v Norwich City - EFL Cup Fourth Round Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

In the latest example of Leeds United being well run, full-back Gaetano Berardi has signed a new contract until the end of the 2019/20 season.

The one-time Swiss international had a very good season at left-back last season, establishing himself as someone who can do the job on both flanks. He started the 3-2 win against Bolton Wanderers on Sunday but unfortunately suffered a dislocated shoulder, the extent of which is still not known.

The 28-year-old joined Leeds from Sampdoria in the Summer of 2014 and, despite being sent-off twice in his first four appearances, has become a very popular figure amongst the Leeds support.

Berardi told the club’s in-house LUTV: “It was an easy decision, I started to speak with the club one-month ago. I didn’t need to wait to make this decision I just needed to train to make a good impression in pre-season. I am very happy.

“After three-years I can say that this is my second home. Another important thing is my wife is happy, like me. I feel a lot of support from the fans every game.”

It is the latest of many longer term contracts that have been agreed with players since Andrea Radrizzani took over control of the club.

There could yet be more contract news out of Elland Road with Liam Bridcutt, Rob Green, Liam Cooper, Souleymane Doukara, Pablo Hernandez, Stuart Dallas and Eunan O’Kane all entering the final year of their existing deals. You would expect some movement on new deals for at least a couple of those players.