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Ilan Meslier discusses relationship with Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa

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Ilan Meslier discusses relationship with Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa

Leeds United signed the goalkeeper this summer to provide cover for Kiko Casilla.

Leeds United newbie Ilan Meslier has been discussing his interactions with Marcelo Bielsa after a summer move to Elland Road.

Bailey Peacock-Farrell departed Leeds United this summer, heading to Burnley in the Premier League.

It left Leeds short in the goalkeeping department and they eventually managed to secure a loan deal for the French stopper. Meslier, who is now the back-up goalkeeping option to Leeds’ number one Kiko Casilla, arrived from Lorient and is hoping to be a success in West Yorkshire.

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Earlier this week, he spoke to Ouest France (as relayed by Get French Football News) about his move to England and working with the Argentine.

The 19-year-old seemed to suggest he won’t be going and knocking on Bielsa’s door anytime soon.

“He is someone who is very respected, very listened to. He is very professional with the players. The training sessions are hard physically for the players, but we work very well. 

“Aside from that, nobody talks with him. He, he speaks to you, but I do not think that it is possible to go and speak to him just like that. Aside from that, so long as we are performing, everything goes well.”


TBR’s View

It is yet another tale from behind the scenes at Leeds United that helps build up the narrative aura of Bielsa. 

The cult figure has clearly got Meslier trying his best to try and shift Casilla from between the sticks, but the Frenchman has no intention of asking Bielsa for the opportunity. 

Instead, the teenager will hopefully continue working hard and do enough to earn a permanent move to Elland Road. Then, perhaps, he can start pushing for that starting role.

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