‘I want to thank Leeds’; Bielsa signing says his ‘intention' is to stay with loan club for good
Leeds United keeper Kiko Casilla wants to stay with Elche CF beyond his current loan spell with the Spanish club.
Speaking to AS, the 2019 Marcelo Bielsa signing revealed that he wants to remain in Spain after two years in Yorkshire.
Casilla was demoted to second-choice keeper last season as Illan Meslier asserted himself as Leeds’ number one between the sticks.
With a lack of game time last campaign, a loan move this summer always looked possible. And Casilla secured a move back to Spain this window in the form of La Liga side Elche. The keeper joined on a year-long deal.
Moreover, Casilla is keen to remain in Spain beyond this season. The 34-year-old keeper said in an interview: “Six months ago I had the thought of returning to the Spanish league.
“I want to thank Leeds, especially Víctor Orta, for all the facilities they gave me to leave. He knows what I can give to this club.
“It’s a normal and current option until the end of the season. But when it ends, if everything goes well, there would be no problems to continue. My intention is to stay in Spain.”
Indeed, with Casilla heading into the final years of his career, returning to Spain beyond his current loan spell with Elche seems like a logical step for the former Real Madrid keeper.
With his time with Leeds done and dusted, the club should find no problems next year in offloading Casilla for good next summer. Especially if Bielsa can sign a replacement for the Spaniard this window.
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