Victor Orta responds when asked if Gjanni Alioski will remain at Leeds this summer
Gjanni Alioski is out of contract at Leeds United this summer but Victor Orta has told the Phil Hay Show that he is still not sure if Alioski will remain. He has paid tribute to the North Macedonia, stating he is “really proud” to see Alioski’s work rate in the final 10 games, despite his future being in doubt.
Alioski, 29, has been linked with a move to Turkish side Galatasaray – renowned for being the Yorkshire club’s bitterest of rivals. His contract is up on June 30, but the club have confirmed in their retained list that Alioski has been offered the chance to stay – and talks will continue.
The North Macedonia star will represent his country at this summer’s Euro 2020 Championships – entering the tournament still contracted to Leeds. But by the time that deal ends, he will be a free agent, as things stand. Speaking to The Phil Hay Show, Orta praised Alioski’s commitment:
“I don’t know. He has a contract until the 30th of June. He understands our position, I understand his position,” Orta said, when asked about Alioski’s future. “The last two days we have had good conversations face to face. That is really necessary. I ask him three things: his answer made me very happy. Now it is on his side.
“Now, he needs to decide on the player he is next season. It is not about Leeds, it is about his personal intention. I have to praise Gjanni on one thing. Gjanni does not have a big contract, but the level of intensity that Gjanni played the last 10 games without a contract? It makes me so proud. He played the last 10 games with that physicality and intensity.
“It convinced me a lot. It makes me think, is he playing for a new team? But then, he has had offers before – I know he has had offers. But he is playing at this level because he wants to stay. I feel really proud. His behaviour from start to finish has been absolutely amazing.”
Alioski needs anothers 12 months at Leeds, Orta must surely agree
As Orta states, his performances – notably his work rate and commitment – have been exemplary over the course of the second half of the season. For that alone, Leeds need to keep Alioski, even if it means that the left-footer is used as cover for a new left-back. He has been excellent for Leeds.
Plenty of character, and the knowledge of how Bielsa wants to play, he is a major asset. But if he is to stay, Leeds need to make it clear to him, that he will be back-up. Only Alioski can make a decision on that.
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