'He will go now, I'm sure of that' - Exclusive: Whelan tips senior Leeds player for exit
Noel Whelan has tipped Kiko Casilla to leave Leeds United this summer – just six months after his arrival.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the-United striker is convinced that speculation about the Spanish goalkeeper’s future will be well founded following the team’s failure to secure promotion.
Football Insider revealed the 32-year-old has been shortlisted as a target this window by three La Liga clubs, and Leeds are ready to cash in on him as long as they make a profit.
There have been reports that Casilla is eager for a return to his homeland, while Leeds would not stand in his way if they receive a significant offer for a player who joined on a free transfer but was handed a four-and-a-half year deal worth more than £30,000-a-week.
“Casilla is on big money and it, if he’s not happy, there is no point keeping him,” Whelan told Football Insider. “He will go now, I’m sure of that.
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“You cannot get the best out of a player who doesn’t want to be at your football club and, in those circumstances, it’s best to let him go. What’s the point of keeping an unhappy player?
“It’s best just to agree a deal that suits all parties, make sure Leeds don’t lose out financially, and move on.”
The ex-Real player was immediately installed as the United number one ahead of Bailey Peacock-Farrell, who had been first choice for the first two-thirds of the campaign, when he arrived in the January window.
Casilla made a solid start at Elland Road before a wretched performance in the most recent of his 19 appearances in the second play-off semi-final against Derby County.
“He had an okay half-season and looked good at times, but, if he goes now, he will be remembered for the last game he played in, which was a total disaster,” Whelan told Football Insider.
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