Andy Couzens has tipped defender Ezgjan Alioski to leave Leeds United in the summer for a “big payday” as links to Galatasaray strengthen.
Football Insider has reported that the Macedonian international has already signed a pre-contract with the Turkish club, something which has sparked outrage at Elland Road.
Leeds have almost secured their Premier League status this season, and transfer talk has already taken centre-stage at Elland Road.
Speaking to Leeds United News, Couzens has claimed that the defender would have signed a new contract already if he wanted to remain at Elland Road.
“I don’t think Alioski will be around, I think he will leave,” he said.
“Alioski has done a great job this year, he’s obviously a very big character in the dressing room and it is a big loss in that sense.
“But not signing a new contract tells you most likely everything you need to know. His next move is his next big payday, he might be offered double. It does look like he will leave and we have to get the right replacement.”
Couzens is spot on. If Alioski wanted to stay, he would have signed the contract offer in front of him, and these links simply describe the type of player he is.
Phil Hay has reported that Leeds aren’t going to improve the terms of a new deal offered to Alioski, and that surely would have been confirmed if he was happy to stay.
The 29-year-old has made 27 appearances this season in the Premier League, with 20 of those starts, although he has often been exposed by the bigger sides.
With a new left-back expected at Elland Road, and Stuart Dallas also ahead of Alioski, it may be smart to get him off the wage bill and move in a new direction.
The Whites have become a stable Premier League side quickly, and unfortunately for Alioski, that doesn’t include him staying at the club.
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