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Kiko Casilla leaves Leeds United: What was said? Why wasn’t he playing? How much has it cost Leeds?

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Leeds United have officially parted ways with Kiko Casilla after nearly four years at the club, terminating his contract.

The Whites have tied up a handful of loose ends with regards to fringe players this summer, and there is still a bit more to do in August.

However, one item on the agenda was Kiko Casilla’s future, after his loan move to Elche proved unsuccessful.

The club have now confirmed that the Spaniard has departed the club after his contract was terminated by mutual consent.

As Leeds press on without Casilla, we look at all the information regarding his exit from the club…

What was said?

Perhaps an indication of the mood around his exit, Leeds’ statement on the matter was a brief one, with no official tweet to go with the news on the club website:

“Leeds United and Kiko Casilla have parted company by mutual consent.

“We would like to thank Kiko for his contributions during his time at the club and we wish him well in the future.”

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Martin Terrier

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Why was he frozen out?

The reasoning behind his exile from the Leeds squad is two-fold, and it stems back to the 2019/20 season.

Alongside the fact that Illan Meslier had emerged as a first-team contender, Casilla was handed an eight-game ban back in February 2020 for alleged racial abuse.

From that point, there was no way back for the ‘keeper, even if he made three Premier League appearances in 2021.

Meslier had nailed down his starting place by the time he was back in line for selection, and proved to be a far more dependable option, who is only going to get better.

A loan to Elche wasn’t the most fruitful last season either for Casilla.

How much has this decision cost Leeds?

If we take Camilla’s reported £40,000 wages, and multiply that across the duration of the final year of his contract, it would appear that Leeds had to fork out around £2million to release him from his contract.

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