The Athletic journalist Phil Hay has provided an update over the future of Leeds United ‘keeper Kiko Casilla, saying sources have told him that the Spaniard will not leave Elland Road during the current transfer window.
The former Real Madrid stopper was seen as the first choice option between the sticks for the first half of last season, making a total of 36 appearances in the Championship.
That position in Marcelo Bielsa’s side came under threat, however, when the 33-year-old was banned for eight games after being found guilty of racially abusing former Charlton Athletic striker Jonathan Leko in what proved to be arguably the most controversial moment of Leeds’ campaign last term.
Illan Meslier stepped in to the fold for the Yorkshire club and the 20-year-old Frenchman has impressed, keeping his place for the start of the Premier League season.
With the transfer window set to close in a few days, Casilla’s future at Elland Road had been reportedly set to end.
Despite such talk, Hay has now cast a doubt on a potential sale of the £1.8m-valued ‘keeper gaining a move away from the club.
“Despite his racism ban and the negative reaction of their own support towards him,” said Hay via The Athletic.
“There is nothing in the offing for him before Monday’s transfer deadline and no inclination on Leeds’ part to push him out.”
Bielsa’s transfer business this summer has seen him spend just under £80m thus far, whilst allowing a number of players to leave on a free transfer or via loan.
Should Casilla depart Leeds, the former Athletic Bilbao head coach will be left with the likes of Dani van den Heuvel, Matthew Turner and Cooper Skerry, who are currently playing for the club’s under-23 setup.
Whilst some Leeds fans may want to see Casilla leave the club this summer, it may prove too late to find a good enough replacement to provide sufficient back-up for Meslier.
Casilla rather shot himself in the foot last season with his suspension but his experience may prove key during the Premier League season if he’s called upon at short notice and his availability should afford Meslier a rest in cup competitions.
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