Player’s Leeds United return in 2022 ruled out

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Goalkeeper Kiko Casilla is unlikely to play another competitive game for Leeds United.

That’s according to a report from Football Insider, who say that moving the Spaniard on will be a relief for the Whites.

Having fallen behind Illan Meslier in the pecking order at Elland Road last season, Casilla left Leeds in the summer transfer window.

The 34-year-old returned to his native Spain, joining La Liga side Elche on a season-long loan, and has since made seven appearances for the club.

Casilla is contracted to Leeds until the summer of 2023, meaning he could in theory, return to the club for the 2022/23 season, although it seems that will in fact not be happening.

According to this latest update, Leeds do not expect Casilla to play for the club in a competitive game again, effectively ruling out a return to the club for the goalkeeper.

It is thought that Leeds saw Casilla’s departure as a relief, having previously tried to move him on from the club in previous windows.

However, it is claimed that the Spaniard’s GBP40,000-per-week wages had made it hard for Leeds to secure a permanent departure for Casilla.

This is an interesting one from a Leeds United persective.

Casilla never really settled at Elland Road, and it would seem to make sense for Leeds to bring his time at the club to an end.

However, you imagine that next summer, they would want to do that permanently, then they can at least get a fee for him while they still have the chance to do so.

But with sourcing a permanent move apparently proving tricky in the past, it will be interesting to see if they can do that next summer, or whether the Whites will have to settle for another loan move for the Spaniard.