Out of the failures and flops that came to Leeds United and English football, only Gaetano Berardi has lasted the course. Whilst the majority of those were flash-in-the-pans, Berardi has lasted the course. There’s one reason why this is.

He gets what it means to be Leeds.

He did back then when he refused to join the ‘Sicknote Six’ contingent of Cellino’s Army who pulled out of a game against Charlton Athletic at the Valley back in 2015. Berardi was injured that day, yet he still travelled. Side before self, see. It’s not that hard.

He still gets what it means to be Leeds and his performances have shown that. His commitment never drops and he’s always there to put his body on the line. That’s what got him injured with a ruptured cruciate ligament in the win over Derby County as the season drew to a close.

He’s been there when Leeds United have needed him and the club are now there for him with the offer of a new contract for their blood-n-guts, injured defender according to the man himself speaking to RSI Sport. Commenting on his recuperation, the former Swiss international said: “I go walking a lot but it’s going well, even if it will be a long recovery. At the end of September, I should go back to England to define everything and still stay in Leeds.”

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