Alan Hutton has defended Ezgjan Alioski over the ongoing contract saga at Leeds United.
The former Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the ball is in the Whites’ court when it comes to negotiating a new deal for the 29-year-old.
As revealed by Football Insider last week, Leeds have heard nothing from Alioski on his future plans, with a contract offer on the table at Elland Road.
The Macedonia international’s current terms expire at the end of the season.
Speaking last week, manager Marcelo Bielsa admitted he was not sure if Alioski international would commit to a new deal.
However, he insisted he would be happy to see him stay on.
Hutton insisted the club need to be proactive if they want to tie Alioski down.
Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “Sometimes I think it’s up to the club to come and speak to the player and tell them their thoughts, first and foremost.
“I don’t really think it’s up to the player to go to the club and say: ‘Right, well, what’s happening?’ I think it should always come down to the club.
“He’s done fantastically well for a player that’s playing out of position. He has not thrown his toys out the pram and has done what has been asked of him.
“I think it’s really going to come down to the club and what they want, what they want from him. Do they see him as a player who is going to play regularly in an attacking area? I’m not so sure. He kind of fits the bill at left-back at the moment.”
Alioski has played 35 times for Leeds this season, primarily as a makeshift left-back.
He has a total of 168 appearances under his belt for the Whites.