By Noel Whelan

12th Jul, 2021 | 11:30am

Whelan: Casilla is loved in Leeds dressing room and there will be '50/50 divide' after exit agreed

Noel Whelan has insisted Leeds United are making the right decision letting Kiko Casilla leave on loan this summer.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 34-year-old is “surplus to requirements”.

As revealed by Football Insider on Saturday (July 10th), Casilla is set to undergo a medical to finalise a season-long loan move to Elche.

A Leeds source has told this site the Whites will still pay a significant portion of his £40,000-a-week wages.

The Yorkshire giants already have feelers out for potential replacements for the Spain international.

Whelan suggested Casilla’s impending departure would cause a “50/50 split” among fans.

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However, he suggested the club were right to green-light the shot-stopper’s exit.

Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “He’s been surplus to requirements.

“Meslier has been absolutely fantastic. I can’t see him getting replaced by Kiko.

“When Kiko came to Leeds there was a lot of pressure on him to produce and, unfortunately, he’s not done that.

“There are players at football clubs that haven’t quite made the grade but have been good service to the club.

“There’s been a lot of controversy which has made it even more difficult for Leeds United to justify keeping him at the club.

Not just because he came from Real Madrid, but you know the racism scandal and what we stand for these days.

“He seems a fantastic player and popular in the dressing room and with everybody else but, at the same time, you know, he came in to play. He came from Real Madrid, he came to be number one. That’s not the case.

“I think right now there’s a 50/50 divide of whether he should stay or go. I think they’ll be making the right decision in letting him go back to Spain.”

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