Illan Meslier has told Goal France that he is open to staying at Leeds United beyond his loan spell, and issued an intriguing response when asked if he has already spoken to the Championship club about a future deal.
It is probably fair to say that Meslier’s move was one that caught many off-guard in the summer. Leeds needed to sign a new goalkeeper after Bailey Peacock-Farrell’s departure. But few fans would have known of the Frenchman before his arrival.
As reported by Goal France, the Whites signed Meslier from Lorient on loan with an option to buy. He is yet to play for the first-team. But when asked whether he is looking to be Kiko Casilla’s long-term successor, Meslier suggested that he is open to staying.
“Why not,” he told Goal France. “I went there to continue learning and to finish my training. Maybe one day I will be passed the torch.”
Interestingly, Meslier was then asked whether he has already held talks with Leeds about a future deal. His answer was certainly not definitive.
“Perhaps,” he added, with the report noting that he was smiling as he gave his answer.
Meslier has impressed when he has featured for the under-23s. Like Casilla, he looks to be excellent with his feet. And his shot-stopping ability suggests that he may have the potential to do well if he is needed in the coming months.
It remains to be seen how he does if he gets a chance for Marcelo Bielsa’s side in the near future. But it would be no surprise if Leeds were left feeling very pleased that they have already agreed a permanent option.