By Alex McLeish

15th Jul, 2021 | 9:30am

Ex-manager applauds selfish Casilla after Twitter post on Leeds exit

Alex McLeish has applauded Kiko Casilla for leaving Leeds United on loan in pursuit of regular game time.

The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 34-year-old was right to think of his own career rather than remaining on the bench at Elland Road.

As confirmed by Leeds on Monday (July 12th), the shot-stopper has joined Elche on loan for the 2021/22 campaign.

In a statement on Twitter, Casilla claimed it was a “difficult decision” to leave Leeds this summer.

The Spaniard spent nearly all of last season stuck behind Illan Meslier in the pecking order.

As such, McLeish insisted the shot-stopper was doing the right thing and thinking about himself.

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Asked if Casilla had to be selfish at this stage of his career, McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Yeah. It’s a very short career. As much as you can, get yourself out there and play.

“If a footballer doesn’t want to play football, they shouldn’t be in the game.

“So that’s what Casilla is doing. He’s thinking of himself, his own mental side of things.

“Also to keep himself in the newspapers as being a good goalkeeper. Getting highly rated and trying to be as best goalie that he can possibly be.

“Good luck to him. For me, that’s what every player should be thinking about.”

Football Insider revealed on July 10th the Whites are still set to pay a significant part of Casilla’s £40,000-a-week wages.

Casilla made just three Premier League appearances last term.

He still has two years left on his contract at Elland Road.

In other news, Leeds United have completed new signing with a three-year contract agreed.