Leeds United open to further talks with Gjanni Alioski as he prepares for one final shop window opportunity
The left-back will feature for North Macedonia in their final Euro 2020 Group C game against the Netherlands in Amsterdam. Alioski is yet to accept the offer tabled by the Whites, which still stands, ahead of the expiration of his Elland Road contract on June 30 (Wednesday week).
The 29-year-old has had interest from elsewhere, including clubs in Turkey, but Leeds who felt their post-season discussions with Alioski were positive, are adamant he remains very welcome to stay and would be open to further discussions with the player and his representatives.
Playing a key role for his national team at a major tournament was a well-timed opportunity for Alioski to attract other offers, but barring the miraculous, North Macedonia will exit the competition at the group stage.
His attention will then turn to the future and a decision on whether or not he wants to stay and fight for a place in Marcelo Bielsa’s team or go elsewhere for first-team football.
With Leeds in the market for a new left-back and quietly confident they can land their prime target, Alioski’s game time is under threat. He started 29 Premier League games last season and will face stiff competition in the Whites' second top flight campaign as they look to improve on a ninth-place finish.
Were he to remain however, for a fifth season at Elland Road, he could delay a return to mainland Europe by a year or two and cement his status as a fan favourite and promotion hero to earn the kind of send-off supporters afforded to both Pablo Hernandez and Gaetano Berardi when they played their final game against West Brom at the end of last term.