Leeds United goalkeeper

Leeds United goalkeeper Kiko Casilla’s history “won’t affect the fee” that the club would receive for the player if he was to leave Elland Road.

That is according to football finance guru and new Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively about the Spaniard’s future in West Yorkshire.

Illan Meslier has usurped Casilla as Leeds’ first-choice goalkeeper in 2020-21 and the club have been linked by the Sun to Queen’s Park Rangers 26-year-old shot-stopper Seny Dieng.

In February 2020, Casilla was charged with using racist language against Charlton Athletic’s Jonathon Leko, fined £60,000 and given an eight-match ban.

Casilla continues to deny the allegations and Maguire does not believe that the keeper’s past will have any bearing on the fee he would command if he were to leave Leeds.

He told Football Insider: “It won’t affect the fee at all. If you think about what happened with Suarez and the issue with Patrice Evra, you’ll know where I’m coming from.

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“I can’t see it being an issue in terms of the money that Leeds can generate. He will be judged in terms of success.

“On social media, he will still be given a hard time, and at the ground when fans are allowed back.

“But as a Brighton fan, we always give Jay Rodriguez stick because he was involved in a racist allegation. It hasn’t stopped his career [allegations against Rodriguez were ‘not proven’.

Casilla has excellent pedigree as a goalkeeper, serving as understudy to Keylor Navas at Real Madrid as Los Blancos won three successive Champions League titles.

He has played 58 times for Leeds in total but just twice this season.

In other news, a former Premier League player has given a surprise verdict when asked whether Leeds United should target a midfielder in the January window.