'Player should choose the club': Marcelo Bielsa gives update on Leeds man's contract situation

Sam Brookes January 29, 2021
'Player should choose the club': Marcelo Bielsa gives update on Leeds man's contract situation
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Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has said defender Ezgjan Alioski should “choose the club” before the club decides “whether they want him”, as reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Alioski has been a regular for Leeds since joining in 2017. He has made more than 150 appearances for the Whites and played a crucial role in the sid’s promotion to the Premier League in 2020.

Bielsa: ‘First and foremost…’

However, the full-back’s contract is set to expire this summer and he has yet to commit to a new deal.

Asked whether he would like Alioski to stay, Bielsa said the player would determine where his future lies.

He said: “The first, foremost and most important thing is he wants to stay. I think when it comes to a player staying at a club the first thing and most important thing is that the player wants to stay.

“The player should choose the club and after the club will decide whether they want him. I think if Alioski chooses Leeds, Leeds will choose Alioski.”

Mr Consistency

Despite his uncertain future, Alioski’s performance levels have remained high, the 28-year-old scored twice last month in wins over Newcastle United and West Brom.

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The full-back has started each of Leeds’ past 12 games, and Bielsa seems happy to keep Alioski at the club beyond the summer. As long as Alioski want to stay, of course.

Tricky test

Leeds picked up a much-needed win in midweek, edging Newcastle 2-1. They travel to Leicester this weekend without Diego Llorente.

The centre-back has featured just twice in the Premier League this season and is expected to remain out for a while with a muscle problem.

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Sam Brookes is an aspiring sports journalist with a background in football analysis. He has written for a number of online publications in recent years, and specialises in English and Italian football.