Ezgjan Alioski leaves Leeds after failing to strike new deal
Ezgjan Alioski has left Leeds after failing to secure a new contract, the Premier League club have confirmed.
The 29-year-old moved to Elland Road from FC Lugano in the summer of 2017 and made 171 appearances for the Whites, scoring 22 goals during his four-year stint, while playing a key role in the victory of the club. promotion to the Premier League as championship winners in 2020.
A statement on the club’s website confirmed: “While the club made offers for Gjanni to stay, we were unable to come to an agreement with his representatives and his existing contract expired last week.”
Leeds director of football Victor Orta congratulated the North Macedonian international after his stay at Elland Road ended.
“I knew Gjanni was going to be special the moment he entered the building,” Orta said.
“The emotion I saw on his face and the face of his parents when he signed his contract here at Elland Road was a beautiful moment and I was sure he was going to give his all for Leeds United.
“Even with that in mind, he exceeded my expectations. Gjanni has been exceptional on and off the pitch and will be sadly missed by his teammates, as will all the staff at Thorp Arch and Elland Road.
“We thank Gjanni for all his efforts and we wish him every success for the future.”
Alioski played 36 of Leeds’ 38 Premier League games last season, scoring twice, as Marcelo Bielsa’s side finished ninth on their return to the top flight.