‘This one hurts’ – Leeds United supporters react to Ezgjan Alioski’s farewell message

Ezgjan Alioski has finally secured a move ahead of the 2021/22 season, joining Saudi Arabian side Al-Ahli on a free transfer.

He ended a four-year association with Leeds United by turning down a new contract, instead opting to seek pastures new and the 29-year-old has now settled on his next challenge.

There was a period of silence following his exit and some Leeds supporters questioned why he had not issued a message saying goodbye.

However, he eventually said goodbye with a video in which he thanked supporters for getting behind him during his time at Elland Road.

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Alioski said: “Of course I want to say sorry, I needed time, because for me it was not easy to leave such a big club like Leeds United, amazing fans like Leeds United have.

“I want to say thank you, thank you very much to Leeds fans, amazing supporters since the first day (they) touched my heart. I will never forget these fans.”

The North Macedonia international also paid tribute to owner Andrea Radrizzani, Director of Football Victor Orta and manager Marcelo Bielsa.

He said: “Especially also to Andrea Radrizzani, to Victor [Orta], to give me this confidence that I have in this four years, thank you very much.

“And to the manager Marcelo Bielsa, you have the best manager in the world, enjoy this time with him and I want to say to him also thank you very much.”

Leeds supporters have reacted to the news of his move to Saudi Arabia, as well as his moving goodbye video.

Some insisted it was ‘unbelievably sad’ to see Alioski move on, although others questioned his ambition and motives in swapping the Premier League for Saudi Arabia.

Al-Ahli finished 8th in the Saudi top flight last season and kickstart their new campaign on 13 August against Al-Faisaly, a date which could mark Alioski’s debut.

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