Leeds keeper Kiko Casilla is about to affix Elche on mortgage this summer time as he seeks common first-team soccer within the late phases of his profession.
The 34-year-old joined the Elland Highway facet from Real Madrid January 2019 and was ever-present between the sticks for nearly a yr, earlier than he was hit with an eight-game ban for racially abusing Charlton’s Jonathan Leko.
Marcelo Bielsa defended his then-number one, making him captain upon his return to the facet and arguing that the extremely important media did not have ‘all the data’ that he and the gamers did in regards to the incident.
However regardless of his public defence of the Spaniard, he has made simply seven appearances for the membership within the yr since, with 21-year-old keeper Illan Meslier overtaking him as Leeds‘ primary.
The Mirror are reporting that Casilla stays a well-liked determine within the Leeds dressing room regardless of the controversy earlier in his time at Elland Highway. However it’s claimed that Casilla will not be content material to take a seat round and play second-fiddle and is near agreeing a season-long mortgage transfer again to Spain, the place he hopes to grow to be Elche’s first-choice keeper.
Regardless of being discovered responsible of racism, Leeds and Bielsa particularly have firmly denied any guilt on Casilla’s half. Leeds launched an announcement on the time claiming the ruling had been made on ‘stability of chances’ reasonably than plain proof, whereas Bielsa has stated a number of occasions that he nonetheless believes within the 34-year-old regardless of the incident.
Talking after Casilla’s heavily-criticised efficiency towards Crawley in final season’s FA Cup, Bielsa stated: “Individuals additionally do not think about how he is been handled publicly given the state of affairs that he needed to undergo when he was suspended for eight video games.
“I consider in him, his team-mates consider in him and we’re near him as a result of we worth him as an individual and a footballer.
“We settle for what folks consider him within the media or folks, however we all know his previous and we all know his circumstances and we care about him lots as a human being.”