Gjanni Alioski seems to be closing in on his Leeds United exit in the summer, according to Athletic journalist Phil Hay.
There’s been no agreement with Leeds over a new contract and his current deal expires in the summer.
He’s been linked with a move to Galatasaray and Hay posted an update on Tuesday that said, “Galatasaray talk is very strong”.
Previously, Football Insider had reported that he had signed a pre-contract deal with the Turkish club.
Alioski has started 20 games for Leeds in the Premier League this season.
nothing agreed with Leeds. Galatasaray talk is very strong.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) March 23, 2021
Not Alioski’s battle
Fans are split over Alioski moving to Galatasaray.
There are strong feelings among Leeds fans towards the Turkish club after the stabbing of Chris Loftus and Kevin Speight in Istanbul in April, 2000.
However, Alioski isn’t a Leeds lad and was eight years old when the incident happened.
This could be his last big contract and it would seem tough to judge him too harshly if he does go there.
Alioski played a huge part in our promotion and is a popular player with fans both on and off the pitch.
However, left-back isn’t his favoured position and he’s not first-choice there. He’s only started so many games this season because of injury and he’s been highlighted as a weak link in the side.
However, if he is going, we would like to see him dropped when Leeds are safe, and look to the future with players like Leif Davis.
If Leeds are going to sign a new left-back in the summer, and it appears that they are, then we should give our existing young players a chance to prove themselves.
That doesn’t mean we have to forget what Alioski did for us.
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