Mirror journalist David Anderson claims that Leeds United goalkeeper Kiko Casilla is set to join Spanish side Elche on a loan-to-buy deal. The ex-Real Madrid and Spain international has endured a tricky time at Elland Road. He was second choice during 2021-22, and now he is set to depart on loan.
Casilla, 34, joined Leeds back in January 2019 from Real Madrid and the hype was enormous. The Whites had signed a three-time Champions League winner. But mistakes in the play-off semi-finals against Derby, followed by an eight-match ban for racism, have hindered his Leeds spell.
Leeds transfer news: Casilla set to join Elche in loan-to-buy deal
Following promotion to the Premier League, Casilla lost his place in the starting line-up at Leeds to Meslier. He only managed three Premier League appearances throughout 2020-21, two of which came at the end of the season with a top-half finish secured. Now, he is on his way out of Leeds.
Nigel Martyn told LeedsUnited.News at the end of the season that Casilla might not actually want to remain at Leeds. Given that he has been second choice, Leeds legend Martyn claimed that Casilla would have jumped at the chance to depart. Now, it appears he might be given that chance.
Elche survived by the skin of their teeth last season, finishing two points above the drop zone on 17th place. They will be looking to build on their 36-point tally and the arrival of Casilla on a loan-to-buy deal is their way of doing that. Anderson has claimed a deal is pretty much done.