Noel Whelan has tipped Kiko Casilla to quit Leeds United after the bombshell he will be the club’s number two next season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds striker believes the 33-year-old “has had enough” of warming the bench after years as backup at Real Madrid.
As revealed by Football Insider on Monday, Casilla has been told he will be sitting on the bench behind Marcelo Bielsa’s first-choice shot-stopper next season, if he stays at Elland Road.
Whelan believes Casilla will not want to go back to being a number two after he made just 43 appearances in a three-and-a-half-year spell at the Bernabeu.
Whelan told Football Insider: “I think a player like Kiko Casilla won’t sit around, no. I think he’ll want to play football and he’s been sitting down as a number two for too long, hence why we brought him into the club to be a number one.
“Things change very quickly in football, as we can see, and I’m not sure he’ll want to do that, I’m not sure he’ll want to sit around for a year or two not being a number one, he’s had enough of that.
“He’ll probably want to look elsewhere and move closer to home to be a number one somewhere – free up the money, free up the space if we are going to bring in another goalkeeper.”
Casilla has a total of 57 appearances under his belt for Leeds and started last season as the club’s number one between the sticks.
However, he picked up an eight-game ban for racism and was replaced by Illan Meslier, who started all but one game even after the suspension was over.
In other Leeds United news, a senior player has been tipped to turn down a move to Champions League giants.