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Berardi suggests Leeds United's aims for next season are clear

Leeds United defender Gaetano Berardi feels the club should be targeting winning the Championship next season.

Leeds United defender Gaetano Berardi explained in an interview for Radio Yorkshire that he feels next season is going to be a more productive one for the club.

Leeds finished 15th in the Championship under Neil Redfearn last season, but the versatile full-back feels that the club should be aiming for Premier League promotion next season.

“I think that next season will be better. The president will be back together with the players, the team and the new coach,” he said.

“I have to play like the last month and I’m looking for us to have a good team to go to the Premier League.”

“I came to England not for a joke, I came to England to win the Championship.”

Leeds have endured some difficult periods over the last 12-18 months but now have an opportunity to move forward with a very talented and youthful looking group of players.

Some members of the first team have had a chance to bed into the Championship and they will have a better understanding of what is now required from the division.

The top six is not an unrealistic aim but head coach Uwe Rosler needs to be backed to improve the various areas of the squad over the summer heading into pre-season.

Unity and stability are the core values that will be needed in the race for a top six place, because there are going to be plenty of teams chasing the riches of the Premier League.

If Rosler is allowed to develop an identity and a style without interference and can correct any mistakes which are made in early games, he can achieve something special with Leeds but Massimo Cellino must resist every urge to remove him if early results aren’t perfect.

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