Mills tells Leeds United fans see sense' after Alioski seals £7m+ exit
Danny Mills has admitted he hopes Ezgjan Alioski’s move to Galatasaray will not sour his relationship with Leeds United fans.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites and England defender insisted Alioski’s situation is different to that of Harry Kewell.
Football Insider learned today (16 July) Alioski is set to join the Turkish outfit in a deal worth £7million-plus.
The 29-year-old snubbed two contract offers from the Yorkshire giants and will instead put pen-to-paper on a £40,000-a-week, three-year deal with Galatasaray that will be a major pay hike.
Football Insider first revealed on 23 March the versatile left-sided player had agreed a pre-contract deal with the Istanbul-based club.
That sparked fury amongst the Whites faithful as two Leeds fans were murdered by Galatasaray fans at the 2000 Uefa Cup semi-final in Turkey.
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“I always think you have to be sensible about it,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“The guy’s got to earn a living and he probably doesn’t have too many options at that sort of level on the table.
“This was 20 years ago, this is nothing to do with Alioski, in any way, shape or form. Of course, it was tragic what happened and we’ll never forget those poor guys that lost their lives and their families.
“But you can’t deny Alioski earning a living from a football club because of that. Hopefully, the fans will see common sense in this and not hold it against him in any way, shape or form. I don’t think he deserves that.
“Obviously there’s a lot of animosity towards Harry Kewell but he played in those games and it was very recent. How far do you go back? Every time there’s been an issue between a club, it has to end at some point.
“Alioski’s out of contract. Hopefully, Leeds fans see sense. He’s been offered a contract and he has to look after his family at this stage.”