Illan Meslier’s agent Xavier Fleury has told the LUFC Fan Zone podcast that while the French goalkeeper is more than happy at Leeds United, if Real Madrid or another big club come knocking, then he could be tempted in the next couple of seasons.
Meslier, who turned 21 on Tuesday, has featured in 25 of the club’s 26 Premier League games this season having broken into the side last season – when Kiko Casilla was banned for eight games. He has since gained plenty of plaudits for his performances.
In those 25 games, he has kept eight clean sheets – breaking Joe Hart’s record of seven clean sheets before his 21st birthday in the Premier League. Meslier surpassed that record when Leeds beat Southampton 3-0 at Elland Road last week.
There has been some critics – his mistakes during the 4-2 defeat at Arsenal prompted those. But his performances, given his age, could draw attention over the next couple of seasons. But asked about his future, Fleury was more than honest.
He stated that while he is very happy and “loves” Leeds, Meslier could be tempted by the likes of Real Madrid: “When you are so young, the youngest starting goalkeeper in Europe, for sure – big clubs could be interested, following him.
“Illan is starting at Leeds. He loves the club. Perhaps in one, two seasons, if you have a club like Real Madrid that knock on the door – who knows? If Leeds keep the manager and Orta, the president could be right – they could be in the Champions League.
“If Leeds are in the Champions League, Illan can win a title with Leeds – winning a title with Leeds is more beautiful than with Juventus, Real Madrid or Bayern. Right now, it would be a bad idea to join a big club, and sit on the bench.”
TBR’s view – What should Leeds value Meslier at?
The Whites have pulled off a major coup. Landing Meslier for a reported figure of little over £5million, the Whites – if they were to sell Meslier tomorrow – would make a profit. But if clubs do become interested in the summer, how much would he cost?
The France Under-20 international has proven he has top-flight ability and is likely to have a career at the top level for the best part of the next 20 years – given his early start. Given his age, performances and more – Leeds should charge premium prices.