Phil Hay details Leeds United stance regarding international ace's future


Leeds United have been incredibly busy this summer.

There was always going to plenty of work to do after bringing an end to their 16-year exile from the Premier League, and that has proven to be correct.

The Whites have brought in a plethora of players so far in the transfer market with Robin Koch, Rodrigo and Diego Llorente joining a number of talented young players in arriving at Elland Road.

Recruiting players is a real balancing act with such a focus on squad harmony.

Marcelo Bielsa is fiercely protective of the players who helped the club to secure promotion last term, and rightly so.

Leeds won the Championship by 10 clear points last term and a huge amount of credit has to go to the group who played their part in doing that.

As a result Bielsa seems keen to keep as many of those players at the club as possible, however one man appeared likely to move on under a dark cloud.

Kiko Casilla's Leeds future appeared in doubt after being found guilty of racist abuse last season.


As a result he faced an eight-match suspension and appeared likely to leave the club as a result of his perception among fans.

However according to Phil Hay of The Athletic, the experienced goalkeeper looks set to stay at Elland Road and fight for his future with the club.

Writing for The Athletic, Hay said: "Sources at Leeds say Casilla will stay at Elland Road beyond the end of the transfer window.

“Despite his racism ban and the negative reaction of their own support towards him, there is nothing in the offing for him before Monday’s transfer deadline and no inclination on Leeds’ part to push him out.”

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

This could be seen as something of a surprise for Leeds United fans.

It appeared that there was no way back for Kiko Casilla after being found guilty of making racist remarks against Jonathan Leko last term.


However this update certainly suggests otherwise.

Illan Meslier has taken the gloves so far this term but there's a case for saying that Casilla could take his number one spot once again.

There's no doubting the quality that the Spaniard possesses and that's something that could prove to be valuable as the season unfolds.

Things are going well for Leeds United right now, but as the season progresses they may face bigger challenge.

Putting his controversies aside, Casilla's experience could be key to helping Meslier adapt to life at the highest level of the game, and so perhaps by sticking around Casilla can try to redeem himself within Marcelo Bielsa's squad.

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