By Alan Hutton

10th Jul, 2021 | 9:00am

Pundit gutted at Alioski quitting Leeds United 'on a sour note'

Alan Hutton has admitted he is gutted Ezgjan Alioski has left Leeds United without getting the chance to say goodbye to the fans.

The former Scotland international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 29-year-old’s time at Elland Road had ended on a “sour note”.

Leeds announced on Monday (July 5th) Alioski had left the club at the end of his contract.

The Whites confirmed they had held talks over a new deal with the North Macedonia international but were unable to come to an agreement.

Hutton admitted it was a “shame” a deal could not be struck.

However, he insisted the “biggest disappointment” is that there was no farewell at Elland Road.

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“I think that’s a big shame, to be honest,” Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

“He has been a really good servant to the club, he gives his all week in, week out. He was out of position which shows you the kind of guy he is.

“He’s willing to give up his opportunity to shine higher up the pitch to do a defensive job. That kind of shows his character.

“It’s a shame they can’t get it over the line. Contract talks, we know how this kind of happens, it goes on all the time.

I think the biggest disappointment about it all is he’s not able to say bye to the supporters.

“If stadiums were full last season and this was going to be your final game, there could be a farewell.

“You could say bye to your teammates but it ends on a bit of a sour note for a player the fans really enjoyed watching.”

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