Report: Leeds likely to release Kiko Casilla if no move away is found
Leeds United are likely to release Kiko Casilla if the Whites cannot find a move for the goalkeeper this summer, according to a report from the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Casilla is one of a number of players currently set to return to Elland Road after spending this past season out on loan. The 35-year-old joined Elche for the campaign.
His time back in Spain started off well as he began the season as number one. However, he then went on a run of more than six months without a league appearance.
So it is no surprise that Elche seemingly look set to let Casilla return to Leeds.
The Yorkshire Evening Post reports that Leeds considered signing an experienced backup to Illan Meslier in January. And that could be on the radar this summer.
But that experienced backup is not likely to be Casilla. The Yorkshire Evening Post reports that an agreement is likely to be reached for the former Real Madrid man to leave on a free if a move away is not found.
His contract at Elland Road ends in 2023. Meanwhile, he is thought to earn around £35,000-a-week.
Leeds likely to release Casilla if Whites fail to agree move
Leeds fans will likely wish that Casilla’s departure came some time ago. He lost his place as number one after being banned after being found guilty of racially abusing Jonathan Leko in 2019.
From the outside, Leeds did not appear to handle the situation well. Victor Orta suggested that he was ‘proud‘ of the way Casilla dealt with the challenges he has faced. And Marcelo Bielsa picked him on a few more occasions after he served his suspension.
In fact, it is probably the one criticism that could be levelled at Bielsa following his first two years at Elland Road.
But it now seems that this summer will indeed be when Casilla moves on.