An update has emerged on Leeds defender Ezgjan Alioski, regarding his contract situation at the club.
According to The Mirror, Victor Orta is in talks with Ezgjan Alioski over a contract extension as his deal continues to run down. Alioski is on course to leave on a free transfer at the end of the month and Leeds are attempting to keep him at the club.
The report claims that Leeds were previously adamant that they would not make another offer to Alioski after he rejected the club’s initial proposal. However, Orta is now speaking with Alioski to change his mind and convince him that staying at Elland Road is the best decision for him.
“In the second half we kept our intensity and we achieved the difference in this sense.
“Three dynamic players were involved in the goal; Alioski, Costa and Harrison. They have the ability to surprise the opponent and they did it with the last chance.”
Orta could strike gold for Marcelo Bielsa if he is able to now pin down Alioski to a new contract. Alioski has been an important player for Leeds in recent seasons and Bielsa could love to have him at Elland Road for, at least, another year, which is why Orta could pull off a masterstroke by keeping him at the club. Hopefully, Orta will now be able to convince Alioski to put pen to paper.
Alioski joined Leeds in 2017 and has played an impressive 171 competitive games for the club, scoring 22 and assisting 19 goals. This includes 36 appearances in the Premier League season just gone, as he only missed two matches in the top-flight for Leeds. He mainly played at left-back and was deployed in central midfield and left midfield, which highlights his versatility and importance on the pitch for Leeds as Bielsa trusted him to play in a variety of positions throughout the Premier League campaign without taking him out of the team for a significant period of time.
The £15k-per-week ace, therefore, earned the trust of Bielsa and that is why Orta must make sure that he is able to seal a deal for the North Macedonian international. It would also save Leeds some money in terms of signing a replacement to fill that left-back spot, or compete with a new signing, as Alioski is already a player Bielsa is happy to utlise. A brand-new addition, however, would need time to settle in and adapt to Bielsa’s ways, which could hinder them from hitting the ground running.