Published: Fri, January 18, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Leeds United sign Spain worldwide Casilla from Real Madrid

Leeds United sign Spain worldwide Casilla from Real Madrid

Victor Orta (United's director of football) is responsible for the arrival of Kiko Casilla and the analysis of the compatibility of his skills with our play has been done by Marcus Abad, the goalkeeping coach.

Real Madrid confirmed the sale of their third-choice goalkeeper Kiko Casilla to Leeds on Thursday.

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"The experienced 32-year-old has signed a four-and-a-half year deal at Elland Road, running until the summer of 2023".

The Whites snapped him up on a free transfer from Spanish side Real Madrid after meeting the terms of the 18 months that player had on his contract with Los Blancos.

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Casilla has struggled for game time at the Bernabeu since Thibaut Courtois arrived from Chelsea last summer, with Keylor Navas also ahead of him. "I don't have to make any comment on Casilla because his career speaks for itself. I'm looking forward to what the rest of the campaign brings and I know Bailey, Callum and Matty will play a big part in that".

"I am really happy, I want to start a new challenge in English football and I am really keen to start as soon as possible", Casilla told the club's official website.

"My desire is to help put the club in its real place in the Premier League", Casilla said.

Bielsa's side now top the second tier, with the enigmatic Argentine coach proving to be a shrewd addition - despite questioning of his methods during the "spygate" scandal.

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