By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

31st Jul, 2022 | 4:20pm

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Paul Robinson has urged Leeds United to sign a new experienced goalkeeper after it was confirmed that Kiko Casilla has been released.

Leeds shared a brief statement on their official website on Sunday (31 July), saying that the 35-year-old has left Elland Road by mutual consent despite a year remaining on his contract.

Casilla spent last season on loan at Elche and number one goalkeeper Illan Meslier was backed up by Kristoffer Klaesson, meaning that the Whites had the youngest goalkeeping department in the Premier League.

Robinson is keen to see more experience brought in to help Meslier’s development while also providing much more quality for Jesse Marsch should the Frenchman miss any games.

“Leeds have to bring in a more experienced goalkeeper now to play alongside Meslier, someone who he can learn from every day,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.

He also needs someone to push him and keep him on his toes.

Regardless of whether Kiko went or not, he was surplus to requirements and they need that number two in.”

Casilla leaves Leeds having made 61 appearances for the club.

He was signed by Marcelo Bielsa in January 2019 and played a role in the club’s promotion in the 2019/20 season.

In that campaign, he was banned for eight matches for racially abusing Jonathan Leko and has since found it difficult to get first-team minutes at Elland Road.

Last season, Casilla played 16 times in all competitions for Elche.

In other Leeds United news, Kalvin Phillips has been slammed for “patronising” Leeds fans with a gesture he made after he joined Manchester City.