Championship leaders Leeds United have confirmed the arrival of former Spain worldwide goalkeeper Kiko Casilla on a four-and-a-half yr deal from Actual Madrid.
United have been closely linked with a transfer for Casilla in latest weeks as they give the impression of being to strengthen their probabilities of profitable the league title this season, and it was closely speculated that the 32-year-old may signal on the dotted line earlier than this weekend.
Leeds have since introduced on their official website that they’ve certainly been in a position to lure Casilla away from the Santiago Bernabéu, changing into supervisor Marcelo Bielsa’s first signing of the January switch window the place he’ll be given the quantity 33 shirt.
Casilla has spent nearly 4 years with Real Madrid – his second stint with the membership – the place he is competed for a first-team place alongside Keylor Navas, and most lately former Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
The goalkeeper really made a reputation for himself in Catalonia, nevertheless, the place he was the primary alternative shot-stopper at Barcelona’s native rivals, Espanyol.
Casilla’s performances on the Estadi Cornellà-El Prat ultimately satisfied Actual Madrid to signal their former academy participant in 2015 for €7m, the place he is gone on to make 43 appearances for the membership, preserving 15 clear sheets.
At Elland Highway, Casilla will probably be preventing for a spot in between the sticks with Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Will Huffer. The previous has performed in all however one sport this season, lacking out to Huffer attributable to harm in opposition to Bristol City.
Former loanee goalkeeper Jamal Blackman, who returned to his guardian membership Chelsea attributable to a critical harm, was the membership’s first alternative throughout their transient run within the Carabao Cup.