Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa must ruthlessly sell Kiko Casilla this summer as news emerges on his future at the club.
According to Football Insider, the Spaniard has been given the green light to make his exit from Elland Road this summer, and that he has already agreed personal terms with a La Liga club on a return to his native Spain.
It’s added that Casilla is not training with the first team, and is “packing his bags ahead of a move back to his homeland”.
The Spaniard had been on the fringes of things for Bielsa’s side last season, with Illan Meslier firmly established as the club’s undisputed number one 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 have seen him in action in the top-flight.
And, speaking after Leeds’ FA Cup loss to Crawley Town earlier this 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.”
Leeds TV podcaster, Oscar Mario, meanwhile, simply labelled him a “complete liability“.
It would be a ruthless call to get rid of someone who is the club’s number two, but given Meslier’s superb performances and his reasonably high wages, it’s a chance to get his salary off the books and ease the financial burden on Andrea Radrizzani.
Freeing up Casilla from the wage bill would give Leeds that little bit of extra flexibility when it comes to potential new signings or even contract extensions for key first-team players, but in any case, it would certainly help a lot in the short-term.