Kiko Casilla has left Real Madrid for English Championship side Leeds United.
The 32-year-old has signed a four-and-a-half deal with Marcelo Bielsa’s side and was unveiled as a Leeds player on Thursday morning.
A statement on the Real Madrid website read: “Real Madrid C. F. and Leeds United FC have reached a deal for the transfer of Kiko Casilla. The club would like to thank Kiko for his years of dedication and professionalism, as well as his exemplary behaviour throughout his time in the youth academy, which he joined in 2000 before working his way into the first team.”
Casilla will be hoping to be a first-team regular with Leeds, who are chasing promotion to the Premier League this season, after spending much of his time on the Santiago Bernabéu bench.
Casilla told lufc.co.uk: “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. Leeds United is a really historic club in England with a massive fan base that is perfect and my desire is to help put the club in its real place in the Premier League.”
The goalkeeper’s departure from Madrid will leave Thibaut Courtois, Keylor Navas and Luca Zidane as Santiago Solari’s first-team goalkeepers.