Gaetano Berardi is confident that he’ll get a chance to experience the Premier League this season after signing a new contract at Leeds United this week.
As the Whites’ longest-serving player, there aren’t many more at Thorp Arch more deserving of a chance to play in the top flight.
Berardi, who joined Leeds in 2014, has really bought into the culture over the past six years and the Elland Road faithful absolutely adore him for his no-nonsense attitude and Side before Self mentality that reflects the club’s values.
But tragically, the 32-year-old suffered a long-term injury at the very end of last season and with his contract about to expire at the time, it was feared that his stint in West Yorkshire may end on a sour note.
That being said, Leeds gave him a new one-year deal this week, despite the likelyhood that Berardi won’t be back in training until January at the earliest.
And the Swiss defender himself has insisted that he isn’t simply sitting around, admitting he’s working toward a Premier League debut.
He told LUTV: “In my head this is possible. I’m not just here spending time with the lads or chilling. I’m here trying to recover but in my head I’m sure I will be fit in time to have my chance.”
If Berardi does eventually fight his way back to full fitness en route to playing in the top flight, and if Leeds fans are allowed back in stadiums by then, decibel records may be broken at Elland Road.
Leeds fans would absolutely love to see Berardi earn a Premier League appearance, if only for 15 minutes.
And knowing the player’s mentality – if he says it’s possible, it’s definitely possible.