Whelan: This may be real reason Alioski snubbed Leeds offer after Thursday development
Noel Whelan has suggested contract length was the sticking point in negotiations between Leeds United and Ezgjan Alioski.
The former Leeds star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 29-year-old would want a certain amount of “longevity” from a new deal.
Alioski became a free agent on Thursday (July 1st) after his contract expired at Elland Road.
The Whites revealed in May, via their retained list, the North Macedonia international had been offered new terms.
Turkish news outlet Fotomac claim (July 1st) Trabzonspor are preparing a £20,000-a-week contract offer, plus a £430,000 signing on fee, for Alioski.
Whelan suggested Leeds had done all they could to try and keep the left-sided star on board.
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However, he suggested Alioski may be looking for a longer, more lucrative deal.
Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I think the club have done all they can. A player, when he gets to a certain age, wants to squeeze every bit of juice out of his career.
“You want to end it playing. He’s been a great squad player, he’s been a great servant, he really has. A fantastic friend to all the players there but I think sometimes you’ve got to think about yourself.
“It is a great club, a fantastic club. It is a great time to be at the club.
“But I think when you look back, do you want to be a squad player at 30, 31-years-of-age? You want to get a three-year contract, now they might only be offering two.
“Then you’re looking at your longevity, your payments and what you can squeeze out financially. It might be a better move for Alioski to look somewhere else.
“At the same time, we’re still looking at other places as well for a natural left-sided wing-back.”