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Leeds United: Agent disappointed with Illan Meslier’s decision to join Leeds in summer

Leeds United: Agent disappointed with Illan Meslier’s decision to join Leeds in summer

The agent of Leeds’ second-choice goalkeeper Illan Meslier has expressed disappointment at his client’s decision to join Marcelo Bielsa’s side, according to French outlet Le Telegramme.

Yvon Pouliquen said his client was warned he wouldn’t be the number one 48 hours before the start of the season and that the goalkeeper ‘did not choose to find a way around the difficulty’.

The comments came after the manager of Meslier’s parent club FC Lorient spoke of his “disappointment” and “surprise” that the 19-year-old chose to leave the club after he was told he’d be second choice there.

Christophe Pelissier was appointed the manager of the Ligue 2 side in summer and brought in another keeper to become number one, convincing Meslier it was time for him to leave and join the Whites.

His agent sounded out his disappointment regarding the move to Le Telegramme, saying: “Illan was warned 48 hours before the start of the championship that he would be No. 2 this season.”

“He did not choose to find a way around the difficulty, but on the contrary to increase it, by choosing to respond favourably to Leeds and Marcelo Bielsa.

“He continues his progression alongside a very good goalkeeping coach and a Spanish goalkeeper… And do not forget that he still belongs to FC Lorient!”

Illan Meslier’s agent being so vocal may not help the Frenchman gain minutes at Elland Road, with Bielsa’s no-nonsense approach to the media in mind.

He played 28 games for Lorient last season conceding an average of just over one goal per game, 32 goals, so you can’t blame the player for wanting to continue his run of first-team football.

The issue is that Leeds only signed Kiko Casilla from Real Madrid in January and he’s far more experienced than the number two at 33-years-old, having played 269 games in his career already. Indeed, the Spaniard’s performance against Barnsley last month was praised by sections of the support online, so it could be hard to oust the former Real Madrid man out of his position.

Leeds fans, how much of a chance do you feel Illan Meslier will get this season?

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