By Craig Scott

29th Jul, 2021 | 7:10am

Ezgjan Alioski sends message to Leeds United fans after exit

Ezjgan Alioski has thanked the Leeds United fans, Marcelo Bielsa, Andrea Radrizzani and Victor Orta after quitting Elland Road.

The 29-year-old will find a new club this summer after his contract expired at Elland Road at the end of last season.

He has been strongly linked with a move to Turkey while Saudi Arabian club Al-Ahli have also been mentioned.

Alioski has now taken the time to upload a video of himself sharing a heartfelt goodbye to Leeds, a club that he “will support always”.

“Hello, it’s Gjanni. Yeah I’m here, I want to say some words to Leeds family, to Leeds fans,” said Alioski, via his personal Twitter account on Wednesday.

“Of course I want to say sorry, I needed time, because for me it was not easy to leave such a big club like Leeds United, amazing fans like Leeds United have.

“I want to say thank you, thank you very much to Leeds fans, amazing supporters since the first day [they] touched my heart. I never will forget these fans.

“Everywhere it’s Leeds and I will love them forever, the supporters I think it’s amazing I’ve never seen supporters like Leeds United and to the club I want to say to the people around the Leeds United family, thank you thank you very much.

“Especially also to Andrea Radrizzani, to Victor [Orta], to give me this confidence that I have in this four years, thank you very much.

“And to the manager Marcelo Bielsa, you have the best manager in the world, enjoy this time with him and I want to say to him also thank you very much. I of course will miss everybody, the teammates thank you very much to the teammates.”

Who’s cutting onions?

What a lovely tribute from Gjanni.

It has been a shame to see what has been said about the North Macedonia international on social media amid rumours about him potentially joining Galatasaray.

Nothing has been confirmed or anything like that yet a lot of fans have been very abusive towards the left-back due to the ill-feeling towards the Turkish club.

In 2000, Kevin Speight and Christopher Loftus were murdered by Galatasaray fans in Istanbul ahead of the UEFA Cup semi-finals.

Harry Kewell was a Leeds player when that happened yet still joined Galatasaray later in his career so we can understand the reaction to him going there.

Alioski, nor anyone who’s come to love Leeds, should ever sign for them but the reaction to what was no more than transfer talk was utterly disgusting.

Alioski didn’t deserve that and a lot of people owe him an apology, with it seeming as though he’ll join another club and not Galatasaray.

We wish Gjanni all the best at his next club.

It is a shame that he decided against staying but ultimately, we can understand why.

In other Leeds United news, Trevor Sinclair has hailed this “excellent” player wanted by the Whites.