Leeds United have opened preliminary talks with Ezgjan Alioski as the club aims to get the 28-year-old tied down to a new contract, according to Phil Hay.

Writing on The Athletic website, the journalist reports that “an agreement is expected” between Alioski and the Whites with the North Macedonia international’s current deal set to expire at the end of the season.

Alioski played a key role in helping Leeds win promotion to the Premier League.

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He’s one of the few who survived Victor Orta’s mad recruitment drive in 2017 when the Spanish director of football oversaw the arrival of 13 new players for the first-team in the summer and has been a regular fixture in the side ever since.

He made 125 appearances in the Championship for Leeds with 39 of them coming last season as he played as a left-back and a left-winger, while also filling in on the right on the odd occasion.

Alioski’s versatility and a seemingly endless supply of energy are two of the main reasons why he has been so key to Marcelo Bielsa’s plans and it will be a shame if he doesn’t play against Arsenal on Sunday.

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According to Hay, the former Lugano ace is a doubt for the Premier League action at Elland Road this weekend after suffering a hamstring injury while on international duty with North Macedonia.

Last week, Alioski helped his nation qualify for the European Championships for the first time in their history as an independent country.

Alioski hasn’t only helped create history at Leeds.

He’s also been doing it with his country.

Although we don’t expect to see as much of Alioski over the course of this season as we did in the Championship, he’s still a part of this squad that we fans value and, most importantly, Bielsa values too.

It would be great to see him get a new contract.

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