The Italy international scored the winner against Lecce yesterday, days after his contract extension until 2027.
“A few years ago, I had the chance to leave, but I didn’t do it because I was young,” he told DAZN.
“I’ve tried to leave in the last three years, but honestly, I’ve never found the right team that wanted me. Therefore, I decided to remain with the family where I grew up. I couldn’t do anything different.”
Berardi pushed to join Fiorentina a year ago, but the Tuscans didn’t reach an agreement with the Neroverdi.
The 28-year-old has scored 122 goals in 328 appearances with Sassuolo.