Troubled Leeds star ‘likely to move on’ after fiery social media post

Date published: Wednesday 10th March 2021 10:16 - James Marshment

Kiko Casilla, Leeds goalkeeper

Kiko Casilla is expected to depart Leeds United this summer, with the keeper letting his frustrations spill over at his failure to make the squad at West Ham.

The goalkeeper moved to Elland Road 26 months ago in a high-profile signing from Real Madrid

However, after a catalogue of errors, Casilla has lost his place this season to impressive young French youngster Illan Meslier.

A well-publicised ban for racist language has also not helped Casilla’s cause.

The 34-year-old has played three times for Leeds this season – with one of those appearances resulting in  a 3-0 FA Cup humilation at Crawley.

However, despite being fit, Casilla did not even make the matchday squad for Monday night’s 2-0 defeat at West Ham. His place on the bench was taken by young Italian Elia Caprile.

Outlining his frustrations at his failure to make the squad, Casilla strongly hinted all was not well in a message on Instagram.

“I’m slow to go, because I believe in changes. And I wait, and I endure, and I keep. But one day I get tired, and without saying anything I leave everything and leave.

“Believe me that once I get tired I won’t come back again, because I give everything before I leave.”

While Casilla has been publicly backed by Marcelo Bielsa, it would be no shock to see him depart this summer.

And as one of the club’s highest-paid stars, Leeds are said to be looking to move the troubled star on.

Casilla will have two years left on the four and a half year deal he signed at Elland Road. However, they could grant him a free transfer back to Spain were a suitor to come forward.


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Casilla exit likely, says Phil Hay

Leeds have been linked with one of La Liga’s top goalkeepers as a replacement for Casilla.

Discussing Casilla’s situation, The Athletic’s Phil Hay claims moving the departure of the keeper would come as no shock.

“He’s one of the players we’ve been expecting Leeds to move on in the summer. Telling that he was fit on Monday but not involved,”he said.

Speaking earlier this year, Bielsa said he would continue to trust Casilla whenever he is needed.

“I fully trust in Kiko. I will do the utmost possible to help him. I think the treatment Kiko has suffered ignores the fact he’s a player who played 40 games for Real Madrid.

“Apart from whether his performances were good or bad, we forget all the thing he has done to get the team promoted. People also don’t consider how he’s being treated publicly given the situation that he had to go through.”

Bielsa added: “I believe in him, his teammates believe in him and we are close to him. We value him as a person and a footballer.

“We accept what people think of him in the media. But we know his past and we know his conditions. We care about him a lot as a human being.”

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