Beren Cross: Leeds could reach agreement to let Kiko Casilla and Pablo Hernandez leave
Leeds United could come to “gentleman’s agreements” to let Kiko Casilla and Pablo Hernandez leave in the summer, according to LeedsLive journalist Beren Cross.
Speaking on LeedsLive’s Facebook page on Wednesday, Cross claimed that it’s unlikely there’ll be any “big-money exits” from Elland Road at the end of this season.
However, he does expect that Hernandez, Casilla, Gaetano Berardi and Ezgjan Alioski are four players who could move on as they’re either getting on or approaching the end of their contracts.
As Hernandez and Casilla will not see their deals expire in the summer, Cross believes that could be moved on for nominal fees.
Speaking on Facebook Live, he said: “I don’t think we’re going to see a lot of big-money exits unless something comes up on the outside we don’t see coming at all and someone offers £15-20million for someone we’re not expecting.
“I’m not expecting big-money exits so I think you’re looking at the likes of Hernandez, Berardi, Casilla, Alioski is the most obvious one.
“If any one of those four are going to go it’s either going to be the end of their contracts or for nominal fees.
“In the case of Casilla and Hernandez, they’re under contract next season but they’re in their mid-30s, they’re not going to play much for Leeds next season.
“There may be some kind of gentleman’s agreement whereby they’re allowed to go and can get away and play some football before they retire.”
End of an era – and end of an error
Hernandez is will go down as a modern-day legend at Elland Road once his stint at Leeds United is over.
Whether that’s in the summer, it remains to be seen but there’s no denying that the 36-year-old is reaching the end of his time in West Yorkshire.
Hernandez has played 174 times for the Whites, playing a major role in the club winning promotion as Championship title-winners last season.
Unfortunately, he’s seen a massive dip in game-time this term in the Premier League with Marcelo Bielsa handing the veteran Spaniard just 15 top-flight appearances and just two starts.
Still, Hernandez remains a part of Bielsa’s first-team and he even came off the bench in the defeat to Brighton at the weekend.
As for Casilla, he’s on the bench pretty much every week but we cannot wait to see that’s no longer the case.
The 34-year-old has been an awful player who was had more bad games than good ones and has been the centre of a huge racism storm.
The sooner he’s gone, the better.
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