The thought of a Leeds United player joining Galatasaray on loan is unthinkable so it’s a relief to hear what Graham Smyth has said about Gjanni Alioski.

A report in Fotospor on Wednesday had said that Alioksi has agreed a deal in principle to join the Turkish club when his contract expires in June.

However, they are wide of the mark according to Smyth.

Writing in the Yorkshire Evening Post, Smyth said, “Although reports have emerged this week of a potential move to Turkey, the YEP understands there is so far little substance behind them and Leeds, believing the player is happy at the club, are hopeful of reaching an agreement over a new deal.”

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Good news for Leeds but…

This is good news for Leeds fans although Smyth stopped short of rubbishing the Fotospor report entirely.

Instead, he said there was “little substance” which in itself suggests there is some substance to it.

That could be as little as interest from Galatasaray and they wouldn’t be the only club interested if Alioski was available on a free at the end of the season.

He has proved himself at Premier League level even if he might not be a regular starter for Leeds if we had no injury problems.

He’s the last of the current crop of first-team players whose contract is up next summer.

He’s only on a reported £15k-a-week so there’s plenty of scope for Leeds to make him a much-improved offer without breaking the bank.

Bielsa has said of him before: “What I do notice is that he’s a player with a lot of enthusiasm, with a lot of passion for every moment in the game.”

That passion is what has endeared him to Leeds fans and we think he’s still got a lot to offer next season, even if it’s from the bench.

However, the question would be whether Alioski is happy with that or whether he wants to move somewhere on a bigger salary where he’ll be a regular starter.

We couldn’t begrudge him that if that’s the choice he makes. As long as it’s not at Galatasaray.

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