By Kevin Phillips

13th Jun, 2021 | 5:00pm

Phillips 'expects' Alioski to snub bumper new deal and quit Leeds

Ezgjan Alioski must play in his natural position next season if he pens fresh terms at Leeds United.

That is according to ex-Premier League hitman Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively after Football Insider revealed on 4th June that the 29-year-old had been offered a new and improved deal at Elland Road.

Alioski has been primarily deployed as a left-back under Marcelo Bielsa despite the fact that he is naturally a winger.

It would be a dramatic U-turn if he was to sign a new deal after Football Insider revealed in March that he had agreed pre-contract terms with Galatasary.

Phillips admits that it would be “no surprise” to see the versatile man leave on a free in a matter of weeks.

However, the former European Golden Shoe winner insisted that Alioski must be allowed to play in his favoured position if he elects to stay.

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He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “There’s always hope. It’s a big decision going and offering a new and improved deal.

“Leeds are in the Premier League and are going to be exciting, there’s going to be fans back in the stadium. When he hasn’t signed anywhere else or actually left the club, there’s always hope.

“It would be no surprise if he was to leave because I think everybody expects it. But if he is to sign, that would be good for Leeds.

“He’s been playing at left back when he isn’t natural there. So hopefully if he does sign, he’s got to play in the position that he wants to play.”

Alioski is currently away on international duty with North Macedonia at the European Championship.

His side face Austria, the Netherlands and Ukraine in Group C in what is their first major tournament as an independent nation.

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