Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has, on Thursday, provided a brief insight into the club’s contract negotiations with Ezgjan Alioski.
Versatile full-back/winger Alioski has been on the books at Elland Road since the summer of 2017.
The 29-year-old joined the Whites from Swiss outfit Lugano, ahead of Thomas Christiansen’s appointment.
And Alioski has since gone on to play a starring role in Leeds’ colours, albeit largely under the watch of current boss Marcelo Bielsa.
Across his three seasons in the Championship combined, the all-action North Macedonian racked up a none-too-shabby 19 goals and 15 assists, with his contributions last time out having proven central to the club’s return to the top-tier of English football for the first time since 2004.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) February 29, 2020
In Leeds’ 34 Premier League outings to date this time around, meanwhile, Alioski has been afforded 25 starts.
‘In no way should I have an opinion’
As such, the Young Boys youth product’s contract situation has no doubt long stood as a concern not only for Marcelo Bielsa, but also the club’s fanbase.
Alioski’s deal is due to expire in the summer, with little progress having been made in negotiations over a new long-term agreement.
Some outlets have even gone as far as to suggest that he has already agreed to the terms of a pre-contract with Turkish giants Galatasaray.
– Ezgjan Alioski has decided to quit Leeds United.💙💛
— Football Insider (@footyinsider247) March 23, 2021
In turn, speaking during a press conference earlier today, it came as little surprise when Marcelo Bielsa was again drawn on the future of his soon-to-be free agent stopper.
The Leeds, boss, though, was keen to play the subject down.
This comes with Bielsa of the opinion that he should have no personal influence on either Alioski’s plans, or the negotiations between the North Macedonian and the club:
‘I don’t have it clear what decision Alioski is going to take.’
‘When a player resolves his contractual situation with a club, they operate with offers and demands like is natural. In this case there are private negotiations between the club and the player and in no way should I have an opinion. In no way should my opinion impact on what is going to happen with Alioski.’
The Whites boss also reiterated, though, that he will be ‘satisfied’ if Alioski eventually opts to stay put:
‘If Alioski continues with us, I will be satisfied.’
Marcelo Bielsa won’t insert himself into Gjanni Alioski’s contract negotiations, nor will he express an opinion on what the left-back should do. He would be happy to keep him at Elland Road, though.https://t.co/P8hDfmApg0#lufc
— Graham Smyth (@GrahamSmyth) May 6, 2021
This article was edited by Josh Barker.
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