Kiko Casilla has told Spanish newspaper AS that he misses former club Real Madrid and stated that he could return to the La Liga heavyweights in the future – just seven months after his move to Leeds United in January.
The 32-year-old made a somewhat surprising move to Leeds back in January, with the Whites pulling off what was deemed to be a major coup to have convinced a Real Madrid and Spain international to move to Elland Road.
However, since joining, there have been question marks surrounding his performances. Indeed, the three-times Champions League winning goalkeeper was at fault in the second play-off leg defeat to Derby County.
Asked whether he missed his former side, Casilla explained that after playing for Madrid for so long that it was inevitable he was going to miss them – and stated that he does not know whether he could rejoin them in the future.
“When you leave a club that you have loved so much and in which you have felt loved, you always miss it, you always wish the club the best and you are one more fan,” Casilla said. About a return, he said: “I don’t know, hopefully.”
TBR’s view – Casilla is not as irreplaceable as first perceived
When Leeds first signed the goalkeeper from Real Madrid, it was seen as an enormous coup. Half a season down the line, some fans are of the opinion that Casilla is a bombscare.
Though he has not made any clear mistakes this season, so far, Casilla’s unusual approach to sprinting off his line and looking to put attackers off before they can shoot – rather than trying to save the shot – fills fans with fear.