Kiko Casilla has been discussing his move to Leeds United and has praised head coach Marcelo Bielsa for helping to improve his game at this late stage of his career.
Casilla, who is currently serving an FA suspension after being charged with racially abusing Jonatan Leko earlier this season, was speaking to Radio MARCA this week about the recent ups and downs in his career.
One of the questions asked was regarding Casilla’s decision to leave his role as Real Madrid back-up to play for a team in the Championship.
It was, when the deal happened in January 2019, undoubtedly something of a shock transfer.
But Casilla insisted he made the right move, highlighting a chance to play regular football so close to retirement and the influence of Bielsa as key reasons.
“I felt that at Real Madrid I had already done everything. A goalkeeper has ambition and I am close to retirement. In England I have had this opportunity, it is a nice challenge, I am very important and Bielsa can bring out the best in me.”
There is no doubt that Bielsa has full faith in Casilla but that faith has not always been shared by the Elland Road faithful.
The Spaniard has had some difficult spells on the pitch with errors costing Leeds and his current suspension also muddies the water of his Leeds United stint so far.
Until the end of the season, Illan Meslier looks set to try and safeguard Leeds’s hopes of promotion and fans will just hope the young Frenchman does not have an end of season to forget like Casilla did in 2019.