Phil Hay has given hope to Leeds United fans that Gjanni Alioski is not going to move to Galatasaray at the end of the season.

A worrying report from Fotospor on Wednesday claimed that the player had agreed a deal in principle to join the Turkish club.

Alioski’s deal is up at the end of the season and he can talk to overseas clubs about a pre-contract deal now.

Responding to one worried Leeds fan Hay said, “Leeds still speaking to him about a new deal.”

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Hope springs 

We don’t need to go into the history with us and Galatasaray. It’s enough to say that if Alioski moved there, it would end his standing among fans.

However, the speculation has come from a Turkish report and all we’ve heard from Leeds is that they want him to stay and had opened talks over a new deal.

The fact that they’re still talking to him means that this could get resolved any day in our favour.

Hopefully, it gets done as quickly as possible. Gjanni brings passion, enthusiasm and a very unique brand of humour to this Leeds team and he’s played a vital role in the Premier League so far.

With injuries to Robin Koch and Diego Llorente, Alioski has made 17 appearances in the top-flight, including 14 starts and two goals.

He might not be guaranteed a first-team spot if the squad was at full strength but would he really want to to turn his back on the Premier League for a place in the Gala side?

He knows that would wipe his legacy at Leeds.

We really hope that Alioski signs on the dotted line for Leeds and that Radrizzani offers him what he deserves.

Alioski has previously declared that Leeds is “like a family” and that he “would love to stay here.” [BBC]

Hopefully, that’s what happens.

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