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Leeds: Kiko Casilla wants to stay in Spain

Leeds: Kiko Casilla wants to stay in Spain -Leeds United

Leeds United goalkeeper Kiko Casilla admits he would like to stay in Spain after joining Elche on loan, seemingly spelling the end of his Whites career.

The Lowdown: Casilla joins Elche

Marcelo Bielsa is currently looking for a second-choice ‘keeper at Leeds, following Casilla’s summer exit.

The 34-year-old has joined Elche for the 2021/22 season, in order to hopefully earn more playing time, having been Illan Meslier’s deputy at Elland Road.

The Latest: Spaniard wants permanent exit

While Casilla’s move to Spain is only on loan, is looks as though the one-time capped Spain international sees his long-term future in his homeland.

Speaking to AS [via Sport Witness], the Leeds stopper admitted his dream scenario would see him not return to England at all:

“My intention is to stay in Spain.”

The Verdict: Right time to leave

At 34, it feels like the correct time for Casilla to leave Leeds and it looks increasingly as though he has played his final game for the club.

A new deputy to Meslier will arrive this summer – Kristoffer Klaesson looks nailed on to be that man – so the veteran may be deemed surplus to requirements by next year anyway.

Casilla’s current Leeds deal expires in 2023, so Bielsa could be hopeful of receiving a small fee for him next summer, generating funds for new signings in the process.

In other news, Leeds have been tipped to make a move for a Premier League forward. Find out who it is here.


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