Mills: Alioski may have landed 'treble-your-money' deal after quitting Leeds
Danny Mills has claimed Ezgjan Alioski may have “trebled his wages” by signing for Al-Ahli after quitting Leeds United.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites and England full-back insisted you cannot blame the 29-year-old for wanting to set up his family for life.
Al-Ahli confirmed Alioski had completed a transfer to the Saudi Arabian Super League last week (29 July).
Leeds confirmed in their retained list at the end of May they had offered Alioski a new contract.
Football Insider then revealed in June they had returned with a second improved offer.
“He’s gone for money, simple as that,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
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“It’s his last big contract, once you get 31, 32 people will only give you a year and you have to prove yourself. This is an opportunity to make some money.
“Leeds United have only been in the Premier League for one season and he hasn’t signed a new deal in that time. He will have got some bonuses but he’s probably still on Championship wages.
“If he wasn’t going to be part of the first-team squad, the contract offer was probably not a huge improvement and probably wasn’t Premier League money.
“He’s just taken the option to probably treble his wages and play in Saudi Arabia. It’s easy for people on the outside to go ‘Why are you doing this?’ Sometimes it comes down to looking after your family.
“If somebody offers you three times the money you’re on to go and work in Saudi Arabia for three years there aren’t many people who would genuinely turn that down.”
“It’s three years, it’s not forever. It’s three years where you can treble your wages, earn some good money and that’s going to set your family up. Why wouldn’t you do that?”