The centre-back is set to leave the Yorkshire giants at the end of this season, when his contract is up, following a seven-year-stint.

 

Berardi was handed his Premier League debut on Tuesday in Leeds’ 2-0 win away at Southampton having missed the better part of the current campaign owing to a long-term injury.

 

 

Leeds boss Bielsa, who lauded Berardi as a complete team player and competitor, insisted he would have valued his presence in the squad if he stayed at the club into next term.

 

Bielsa believes Berardi has still a lot of football left to be played in his career and stressed he always gave his all for the team.

 

 

“Berardi is a player who is a noble competitor”, Bielsa told a press conference.

 

“He’s a player whose football conditions I value a lot.

 

 

“A current player who still has years of football in front of him.

 

“That’s why I also valued if he stayed.

 

“For me, he’s a very complete player and a team player.

 

“Who can resolve in every defensive position, which he has done and very loved by everyone given he gives everything.

 

“The duals with the forwards, they always found him with conditions to overcome them”.

 

In addition to Berardi, veteran midfielder Pablo Hernandez will also leave through the exit door at Elland Road this summer, and both players could be handed minutes on Sunday in Leeds’ last game of the season against West Bromwich Albion in front of their home fans.