Leeds United’s Kiko Casilla is thought to have attracted the interest of Sevilla this summer, according to a report by Marca.
Julen Lopetegui is thought to be keen on adding a new shot-stopper to his ranks as Sergio Rico’s future in Andalucia is believed to be in the air.
Director of football, Monchi, is thought to have asked for reports on the availability of Casilla as they look for a suitable low-cost back-up for Czech Republic international Tomas Vaclik.
Casilla would have arrived with plenty of expectation when he completed his move from Real Madrid in January as he has an abundance of experience of playing at a high level. The 32-year-old has won three Champions League medals, a La Liga title and a Copa del Rey amongst other honours during his time at the Santiago Bernabeu (Transfermarkt).
However, things did not really pan out as well as Marcelo Bielsa and the Leeds faithful would have been hoping for. Despite immediately establishing himself as the number one, his performances left a lot to be desired at times.
The Spaniard managed just six clean sheets in his first 19 games for the Elland Road outfit, whilst he also made some high-profile mistakes in his six months with the Whites.
He was sent off against Sheffield United in a crucial clash back in March and then went on to make a huge blunder on the cusp of half-time against Derby County in their play-off semi-final which led to criticism from fans and David Prutton – who stated Casilla had lost his marbles.
Leeds were believed to be open to his departure earlier in the summer though, but are now said to have performed a U-turn and placed their backing behind the 32-year-old, who is also understood to be keen on remaining at Elland Road.
With just Bailey Peacock-Farrell at the club with any real first-team experience other than Casilla, letting him go could be a disastrous decision for Bielsa and the Whites’ chances of trying to win promotion to the Premier League.
It can take a player time to adapt to the way football is played in England, something another Spaniard in Chelsea’s Pedro discussed amid his initial struggles after arriving from La Liga back in 2015. And the 32-year-old had hardly had much time on the field prior to his move to Elland Road – he had not featured at all for Real Madrid in the first half of the 2018/19 campaign and his last competitive match came back in their 3-2 defeat to Sevilla back in May 2018.
He is just six months into a four-and-a-half-year contract worth around £30,000-a-week, so giving him another year to see what he can produce might just benefit Leeds in the long run.
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