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Paul Robinson believes a lot would have to happen for Leeds to consider letting goalkeeper Kiko Casilla go this summer.
The Leeds keeper has a number of clubs in Spain interested him, according to Football Insider, and that report also claims he has thought about a return home after his eight-game ban for racism.
Robinson, however, says he is a “top-class” goalkeeper and thinks he still has time left at Elland Road.
His current contract runs until 2023 and Football Insider claims he’s on a big salary of £40,000-a-week.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “I think he’s still got time left at Leeds.
“You look at who they’ve got there… Illan Meslier is still very young and is on trial.
“He’s been given a chance that he wouldn’t necessarily have got if it wasn’t for what happened to Casilla. And, unless they’re planning to replace Casilla I can’t see him leaving.
“If you’re going into the Premier League you need a very strong one and two, with a good number three as well. Leeds are going to have to add come the end of the season anyway, whether it’s a number one or a number one/two, or they bring in a third keeper to support the two who are there and let them fight it out for the number one spot.
“A lot will have to happen if Leeds are going to let him leave.
“I still think he’s a top-class goalkeeper. He’s been up and down in form, his indecision at times has let him down, his consistency has let him down.
“But he’s had a lot to deal with on and off the pitch. I still think he’s a top-class keeper. I thought he was a great signing when he arrived and I think a lot would have to happen in the market if Leeds are going to let him leave.”
Casilla and Meslier would be a strong one and two to take into the Premier League and Leeds do have youngster Elia Caprile as well, although they wouldn’t want to put the 18-year-old into the first-team yet.
Casilla’s wages could be a stumbling block to him leaving and we’d be happy if he stayed and fought Meslier for the gloves.
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