Leeds goalkeeper Kiko Casilla is reportedly set to return to Spain with Sevilla – just a matter of hours after the Spaniard was expected to confirm his commitment to staying at Elland Road for another season.
The Spaniard arrived on a free transfer from Real Madrid back in January, becoming Leeds’ top wage earner in the process, earning a reported £30,000 a week at Elland Road as the Yorkshiremen geared up for what they thought would be a successful promotion campaign.
And while Casilla started well at Elland Road, some poor decision-making in the latter stages of the season – most notably in the play-off semi-final second leg defeat to Derby at Elland Road – saw him receive plenty of criticism and much conjecture over his future.
And with Leeds reportedly looking to offload the player early this summer, it seemed Casilla’s time at Elland Road would only be brief. The Whites were even linked with a Bournemouth man as a potential replacement.
However, following clear-the-air talks with Leeds boss Bielsa, it seems Casilla will now stay for another crack at promotion, with former Whites striker Noel Whelan explaining the situation to Football Insider.
“It is commitment from the player. He could easily say he had a bad end to the season, he’s not enjoying it, feeling a bit glum, down, he wants to go back home. He’s committed and ready to fight for the cause this season.
“That’s what you want from the players in the Leeds United shirt. You want them to fight for their place, to fight for the football club and their teammates. It shows good character from the player himself to get over that disappointment.
“I think there has (been a change of heart). I think that’s where the player-manager skills become involved. Marcelo Bielsa knows how to motivate them, makes them feel wanted. He gets respect from players because of his mannerisms.”
They claim Los Rojiblancos will attempt to sign him as a replacement for Sergio Rico, who looks set to be moved on after returning from a loan spell at Fulham.
The Andalusians want Casilla to provide competition to Tomas Vaclik, with the LaLiga giants having already made 10 new additions this summer.
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