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Kiko Casilla‘s time at Leeds United is now officially over.

That’s after a brief statement from the club confirmed that the goalkeeper’s contract at Elland Road has been terminated by mutual consent.

Casilla joined Leeds from Real Madrid back in January 2019, and went on to make 62 appearances in all competitions for the club.

But after making some costly errors, the Spaniard dropped down the pecking order behind Illan Meslier at Elland Road, and was eventually allowed to leave on loan to Elche last season.

With that temporary move to La Liga having failed to really work out, the 35-year-old had found himself back at Leeds this summer, although his return to the club has been a brief one.

It has now been confirmed that Casilla has left Leeds permanently, with a statement on the club’s website simply saying:

“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.”

There has been 12 months remaining on Casilla’s contract with Leeds, which would have kept him at Elland Road until next summer.

This looks like a sensible decision for Leeds to make over the future of Casilla.

Having struggled throughout the past few seasons, it seems clear that he would not have made the required impact had he returned to the fold at Leeds, which would also have been harsh on Meslier.

As a result, letting him go seems best for all parties, and it should help Leeds in terms of clearing some of the wage budget, as they continue to search for new recruits in certain positions.

With everything in mind from Casilla’s time at Leeds, you get the feeling that this will go down as a signing that simply did not work out.

Are Leeds right to let Casilla go?

Yes

Yes

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No

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