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Steve Evans says no Leeds United players like being marked by Gaetano Berardi in training

Gaetano Berardi has impressed for Leeds United so far this season.

Steve Evans has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that Leeds United players don’t like playing against Gaetano Berardi in training.

Berardi has been one of Leeds’ most consistent performers this season, with his robust defensive displays catching the eye.

And Evans admits that the Swiss international is so competitive that his teammates don’t even enjoy being marked by him in training.

“The respect he has in the dressing room is huge and that’s because he is a real competitor,” Evans said.

“Very often in training we do two v twos, three v threes, one v ones and no one wants to go against Berardi.

“He’s got that real pride about his performances and he’s very much like a new signing to the group.”

Berardi is set to return to Leeds’ squad after suspension for their match against Charlton Athletic at the weekend.

The 27-year-old was sent off during Leeds’ defeat to Rotherham United, and he has missed Evans’ side's last two matches.

The Whites proved that they could cope without him during their last outing against Hull City.

Leeds beat the promotion chasing Tigers 2-1 last weekend, and that win means that Berardi’s return to the starting line-up is far from guaranteed.

Berardi is competing with Scott Wootton and Sam Byram for a place at right-back for Leeds.

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