Leeds United veteran Gaetano Berardi has indicated that he would like to end his career in Italy in an interview with Calcio Inglese, which was translated into English by Athletic journalist Phil Hay.
However, the versatile defender did add that he is happy to remain at Elland Road for the time being.
The 31-year-old is now Leeds’ longest-serving player as he has been with the Yorkshire giants since 2014.
The one-time capped Swiss international has been an important player for the Whites since he joined and has gone on to make 150 appearances for the club in all competitions so far.
Berardi has also made 20 appearances in all competitions so far this season, scoring one goal.
The defender’s future at Leeds is currently the subject of speculation as he has not been a first-team regular this season and also because his contract with the club is due to expire during the summer transfer window.
The Whites are currently on top of the Championship standings and are in line to win Premier League status for the first time since 2004.
If Leeds do manage to win promotion, the priority for next season should be to avoid relegation.
Due to Berardi’s experience and leadership qualities, he will be a valuable asset in the club’s squad if they do indeed win promotion.
He will be able to add depth to the squad, provide leadership as well as assist in terms of mentoring younger players within the squad.
Berardi started his professional career in Italy with Brescia in 2006 and this is probably a major factor in why he wants to return there in the future.