By James Murray

11th Oct, 2023 | 8:10pm

L'Equipe: Illan Meslier needs to quit Leeds United after France development

Illan Meslier will have to quit Leeds United if he wants to have a chance of playing for France, according to L’Equipe.

The French sports newspaper reported on Wednesday (11 October) that the 23-year-old has dropped down the pecking order in the national team setup after not being selected for the upcoming international fixtures.

It added that the keeper will have to find a “competitive environment” that is more in line with his competitors to “have a chance” of being selected for future French squads.


This is a tricky situation for Meslier to manage because he obviously will want to play at the highest level and be involved in the national team setup.

He was previously highly thought of in France, having played several games for the country’s youth sides, including 13 matches at U-21 level.

But with his competitors all playing in Europe’s top divisions, the keeper has pretty much no chance of being selected while he is playing in the Championship with Leeds.

The Frenchman was expected to leave Elland Road over the summer, but a move never materialised and he has been a key figure between the sticks for the Whites this season.

If a move isn’t on the cards in January, then he is going to have to play the long game with France and hope that he can earn promotion with the West Yorkshire club this season and be back playing top-flight football next year.

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