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Leeds United: Beren Cross drops Kiko Casilla exit claim

Leeds United: Beren Cross drops Kiko Casilla exit claim -Leeds United News

Leeds United journalist Beren Cross believes Kiko Casilla will leave the club in some capacity during the upcoming summer transfer window. 

The lowdown: Bielsa signing

Signed as a free agent from Real Madrid in 2019, the experienced goalkeeper made 62 outings for Leeds under Marcelo Bielsa before falling out of favour.

Since then, despite being hailed as a ‘complete player’ by Bielsa upon completing his switch to Elland Road, the veteran shot-stopper has been shipped out to Elche on a season-long loan deal.

Due to return to Yorkshire in the coming weeks and with another year to run on his contract, one reputable journalist has shed some light on the Spaniard’s situation…

The latest: ‘Highly likely’

Answering questions as part of a Q&A for Leeds Live, Cross addressed what could happen next for Casilla as part of a broader question about the fringe players in the squad.

He said: “Casilla has another year on his Leeds deal, but he has already said he never expects to play for Leeds again after moving to Elche. A sale or loan is highly likely for the goalkeeper.”

The one-cap Spain international indicated that his ‘intention is to stay in Spain’ back in July 2021.

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The verdict: Cut ties

Many of even the most devoted Leeds faithful might’ve been forgiven for forgetting Casilla was still a member of Jesse Marsch’s extended squad.

Having made only 15 appearances in Spain this season Casilla looks to be heading towards the twilight of what has been a trophy-laden career having been a part of three UEFA Champions League trophy wins.

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Regardless of the prospect of continued Premier League status at Elland Road and Illan Meslier’s future as a result, Director of Football Victor Orta, who played a significant role in bringing the stopper to the club, should be looking to offload Casilla and in turn take some wages off the bill if possible.

In other news: Orta now eyeing transfer move for exciting winger even if Leeds are in the Championship. 


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