Leeds United loanee Kiko Casilla is not expected to play for the club again after his loan spell at La Liga side Elche.
The goalkeeper made the switch back to his native Spain over the summer transfer window, and Football Insider have now claimed that he may already played his last competitive game for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
They added: “A Leeds source has told Football Insider today that there is no expectation from senior figures at the club that Casilla will wear the club jersey again in a competitive match.
“That is a relief to Leeds, who struggled to get Casilla off their books for the last few windows before his exit. His £40,000-a-week contract, signed when he joined from Real, made it difficult to secure a permanent move to a club willing to match his salary.”
The Spaniard had been on the fringes of things for Bielsa’s side last season, with Illan Meslier firmly established as the club’s first-choice goalkeeper.
In fact, he only had the one Premier League outing to his name during the 2020/2021 campaign, with his appearance in a 1-0 defeat to Brighton back in mid-January being the only time Whites fans saw him in action in the top-flight.
And, speaking after Leeds’ FA Cup loss to Crawley Town earlier last season, journalist Daniel Storey even questioned whether’s he good enough to play for the club, slamming: “I think Kiko Casilla was the other game-changer in a negative sense because I don’t think he should be playing for Leeds for non-football reasons, but he probably shouldn’t be playing for Leeds for football reasons after today.”
Given his off-the-pitch controversy, and Meslier’s emergence onto the scene as Leeds’ number one, Bielsa must surely look to permanently offload the £40k-a-week earning Spaniard when he returns from his loan spell at Elche next summer.
Getting that wage bill off the books would ensure Andrea Radrizzani is running a tight ship in terms of the finances, and could allow the Whites to potentially reinvest that money into new signings or new contracts for players who will genuinely have a long-term future at the club unlike Casilla.