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Leeds G/keeper Casilla joins LaLiga side Elche

Kiko Casilla

 

Leeds United goalkeeper Kiko Casilla has signed for LaLiga outfit Elche on loan until the end of the season.

The former Real Madrid keeper played just three times in the Premier League last season, having lost the No 1 spot to Illan Meslier last February after serving an eight-match suspension for racial abuse.

Casilla is aware that his game time will be limited once again next season and has decided to leave the club and return home to Spain by joining Elche on a season-long loan.

Elche, who narrowly avoided relegation from LaLiga last season, have reportedly agreed to pay a portion of his wages and will have the option to sign Casilla on a permanent basis at the end of his loan.

Casilla will be looking to prove his worth during the loan spell after struggling to cement his place in the Leeds United first-team.

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Casilla’s time at Elland Road was marred by his racial abuse charge, having been found guilty in February 2020 of using racist language towards Jonathan Leko during a game against Charlton.

He was subsequently hit with an eight-game suspension and has only made four league appearances for the club since.

The 34-year-old’s switch will also see him reunite with his family after claiming he found it hard to be separated from them during lockdown.

 

 

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