Kevin Phillips claims Leeds United star Ezgjan Alioski’s transfer to Galatasaray could be a great move personally after hearing about the stadium’s unique atmosphere.
The former Sunderland star was speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the animosity aimed at Alioski since this site revealed he has signed a pre-contract agreement with the Turkish giants.
There is still bad blood between the two clubs as two Leeds fans were killed by Galatasaray fans just hours before 2000’s UEFA Cup semi-final in Turkey.
Alioski’s decision has sparked anger from some sections of the Leeds fanbase but Phillips insists the player has to do what is best for his career though he admitted that this will be a sore point for Whites fans.
“I’ve read a few comments about it and it’s a really sore point for Leeds supporters after what happened when they were out there,” Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.
“From the player’s point of view it’s a big football club and they tell me that when that place is packed it’s an incredible place to play football.
“It’s hard to comment on it. Will all the hard work that he’s done at Leeds be tarnished because he’s joined a club where something happened years ago?
“I don’t know but footballing wise, it’s a big club and it could be a good move for him.”
Alioski has started 20 of Leeds’ 29 Premier League games this season and picked up two goals across those outings.
He will leave on a free transfer after failing to agree a new deal at Elland Road with his current deal up at the end of the season.