'Best scenario? He leaves' - Exclusive: Whelan urges Leeds to bin first-team star
Noel Whelan has claimed Leeds United should sell Kiko Casilla this summer as interest grows in the shot-stopper.
The former Elland Road forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, admitted the 33-year-old’s departure is the “best scenario” for club and player following his racism charge in February.
Casilla was found guilty of racially abusing Charlton loanee Jonathan Leko on September 28 at The Valley and subsequently received an eight-match ban and fined £60,000.
Football Insider revealed that clubs in Casilla’s native Spain are keeping tabs on the goalkeeper ahead of a potential summer move.
Whelan urged the player to leave but revealed that his time at Elland Road may be remembered for the wrong reasons.
“After the allegations and the guilty charge of racism, even though it was a probability charge, I think the best scenario for player and club is that he leaves,” he told Football Insider.
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“Leeds United are all for keeping racism out of the game.
“Hopefully he can find another club.
“We have also seen too many mistakes from Kiko this season. I do not want to put a shadow over his time at Leeds because he has made some fantastic saves but his horrific decision making will probably be what he is remembered for, unfortunately.
“He has made crucial saves but when you play in that position people seem to remember the blunders rather than the great saves.”
Loanee Illan Meslier, who has stepped in on two occasions in the absence of Marcelo Bielsa’s number one, is in line to receive a permanent contract at Elland Road.
Casilla has made 37 appearances this season and kept 16 clean sheets.