Former Leeds midfielder Carlton Palmer has called for calm and empathy over reports claiming that the Whites’ left-back Ezgjan Alioski has agreed a pre-contract deal with Galatasaray.
Leeds and Galatasaray share animosity following a tragic incident of football violence that saw Leeds supporters Chris Loftus and Kevin Speight murdered by Galatasaray fans prior to the 2000 UEFA Cup semi-final between the sides.
However, Palmer has called for respect and urged supporters to understand that Alioski is thinking of his future and has not intended to stoke fury from supporters.
Speaking to FootballFanCast, the former Leeds stalwart said:
“It’s a difficult one that one, isn’t it?”
“So he shouldn’t move to the club for what happened, which wasn’t his fault or anything to do with him”, asked Palmer as he spoke on the conundrum.
“I understand that it leaves a bit of a sour taste and whatever, but that’s really nothing to do with the player. If at the end of the day it’s good business for the player and it’s good business for the football club, I don’t really think that should come into it.”
With Alioski almost certainly set to leave on a free transfer amid the links and his contract expiring, recruiting and left-back is sure to be a priority for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
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