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Report: Leeds United still expected to finalise senior departure this summer


Kiko Casilla is still expected to leave Leeds United this summer.

Leeds have established Illan Meslier as the club’s first-choice goalkeeper, with the young Frenchman going from strength-to-strength in the last couple of years.

The role of Casilla has been a controversial one since racism charges against him in 2020, with the veteran Spanish goalkeeper spending last season on loan with Elche.

A report from Leeds Live has touched on the future of Casilla, suggesting that the goalkeeper’s future will be resolved in one way before the summer ends.

Casilla has entered the final year of his contract as a Leeds player, with reports elsewhere already confirming that there could be settlement over those last 12 months rather than a direct transfer out of Elland Road.

The 35-year-old has made 62 appearances for Leeds since arriving at Elland Road from Real Madrid in the January transfer window of 2019.

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It’s not really a pressing matter sorting out Casilla’s future, particularly if Leeds are leaning towards a settlement rather than a straight transfer.

Casilla will be moved on at some point, with Leeds having an established goalkeeping department without him and potentially even looking to add to that.

The goalkeeper has felt like a spare part of the last couple of seasons and, amongst fans, it’s not changed either. You’d imagine that’s the same view within the club after Casilla didn’t make the Australia tour.

For now, though, focus is elsewhere in the transfer window and Casilla’s situation should be relatively straightforward to sort out when it comes onto the agenda.

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