Sources: Leeds give up hope of keeping Alioski after new contract rejected
Leeds United have given up hope of keeping hold of Ezgjan Alioski after he rejected a new contract, Football Insider understands.
This site exclusively revealed on 23rd March that the left-sided star, 29, had agreed a pre-contract with Galatasaray.
That sparked fury among many Leeds followers who remember how two of their fans were stabbed to death by Galatasaray supporters prior to a Uefa Cup match in 2000.
But Leeds are not expecting Alioski to still be at the club next season.
A club source has told Football Insider that the North Macedonia international was offered a new contract but did not accept it.
That deal has remained on the table but it is anticipated that his pre-contract with the Turkish giants will be converted into a permanent transfer.
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Alioski is out of contract at Elland Road at the end of the season and has been able to agree a pre-contract with overseas clubs since 1 January.
He revealed to the BBC in December he would “love to stay” at Leeds and Marcelo Bielsa has also spoken warmly of the left footer, who has been a key member of the team in their first season back in the Premier League.
Alioski has started 23 of Leeds’ 32 league fixtures this season, most of them at left-back.
He joined United in 2017 from Swiss side Lugano and played as an attacking midfielder for most of his first two seasons.
The fans favourite has played 165 times for Leeds, scoring 22 goals and provided 16 assists.