Ezgjan Alioski will not be signing for Galatasaray after all this summer after a report revealed three reasons why the move is now unlikely to go through.
Alioski has played 35 times for Leeds this season and is very much a trusted member of Bielsa’s side. Indeed, he enjoyed one of his best games of the season last weekend as he snuffed out the threat of Gareth Bale against Tottenham. However, the versatile star is out of contract in just around six weeks time.
Talks over an extension at Leeds have been going on for some time. However, an agreement over a new deal has yet to be reached.
However, reports in the Turkish media have now denied the long-standing rumour and have listed three reasons why the move won’t go ahead.
Firstly, Asist Analiz state Gala no longer have the funds to offer Alioski the deal he was initially seeking. The Turkish Super Lig club appear to have hit financial difficulties and can no longer afford to sign the North Macedonian star.
Second, and as a result, Faith Terim’s side are in talks with five players, two of which are alternatives to Alioski.
And thirdly – and perhaps the most key for Leeds fans – is because the player wants to avoid a backlash from Leeds supporters.
Leeds and Galatasaray have an extremely volatile relationship following the death of two Leeds supporters prior to the UEFA CUp semi-final back in 2000.
Alioski has other options
The article, via Sport Witness, claims Alioski does have other irons in the fire. At this moment in time, his exit at Elland Road still looks likely at the end of the season.
Despite his talks with Leeds seemingly hitting a dead end, boss Marcelo Bielsa made clear last week why he hopes he will stay.
“I don’t have it clear what decision Alioski is going to take,” Bielsa said. “When a player resolves his contractual station with the club they operate with offers in demand, which is natural.
“In this case they are private negotiations between the club and the player. And in no way should I have an opinion. In no way should my opinion impact what’s going to happen with Alioski.
“But if Alioski continues with us I would be satisfied. But the conditions that will allow Alioski to continue with us or not, that will be decided by Alioski and the club, Leeds.”