Leeds United

Ex-Leeds United goalkeeper has hailed Illan Meslier as an incredible talent capable of playing in “Champions League finals” in the future.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former United number one revealed he is a huge admirer of the young French keeper.

Kenny picked out Meslier, 21, as the one player in the Leeds side who has the talent to become a world-class player in the coming years.

Meslier has justified the faith shown in him by Marcelo Bielsa since he leapfrogged the disgraced Kiko Casilla to become the Leeds first choice just over a year ago.

The Frenchman has started 29 of United’s 30 Premier League matches this season and kept an impressive nine clean sheets.

I remember watching him against Sheffield United and he made some of the best saves I’ve seen all season at 0-0. The potential is there,” Kenny told Football Insider.

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“He’s one who could get to that level of playing Champions League semi-finals and finals in the future.

“To be playing Premier League standard at that age is impressive. I didn’t turn pro until I was 20 and they’re playing Premier League standard at that age. I didn’t even have a goalie coach until I was 25.

“I got to where I got through natural ability. I wouldn’t have been linked with PSG though. More likely GHD now my hair’s gone curly.”

Meslier converted his initial one-season loan into a permanent move from Lorient last summer at a cost of around £5million.

But his contract expires in two years’ time and Leeds are keen to tie him to a long-term agreement.

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