Leeds United will “listen to offers” for goalkeeper Kiko Casilla, according to Phil Hay, but he claimed the player wouldn’t be easy to move on.
Hay was responding to a Leeds fan who asked whether he thought Casilla and Barry Douglas would be moved on this summer.
Hay said, “If they get offers for Casilla then they’d consider them but he won’t be easy to move.
“Joe Bryan was mentioned to me at the start of the window but that hasn’t developed.”
if they get offers for Casilla then they’d consider them but he won’t be easy to move. Joe Bryan was mentioned to me at the start of the window but that hasn’t developed.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) August 30, 2020
Casilla to stay as number two?
It looks like Casilla will be demoted to number two this season after Illan Meslier impressed in the season run-in.
Casilla made 36 league starts last season but was banned for eight games after being found guilty of racism. Plenty of Leeds fans wanted to see him shipped out following that.
However, Casilla, who joined on a free from Real Madrid, is one of the highest-paid players at Leeds on a reported £40k-a-week. He’s also 33 years old.
Unless he wants to get out and head back to Spain, it could be really tough to find a club willing to take him on the same level of salary.
There could be a deal to be cut but if Casilla is moved on then Leeds would need to go back into the market for a number two keeper.
Given that, having an experienced keeper like Casilla on the bench isn’t the worst option for Leeds, if you can get past what happened last season.
Some fans can’t, though, and that could still represent a problem for Leeds going forward.
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