Leeds United Sign Real Madrid's Kiko Casilla on 4-and-a-Half-Year Deal

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJanuary 17, 2019

MADRID, SPAIN - JANUARY 9: Kiko Casilla of Real Madrid  during the Spanish Copa del Rey  match between Real Madrid v Leganes at the Santiago Bernabeu on January 9, 2019 in Madrid Spain (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)
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Leeds United on Thursday announced the signing of Real Madrid goalkeeper Kiko Casilla on a deal that will keep him at Elland Road until 2023.

The Whites confirmed the deal via Twitter:

The 32-year-old had been with Real since 2015, having left the club as a youngster in 2007.

The Spaniard made just 43 senior appearances for Los Blancos and has not made any this season, having been back-up to both Thibaut Courtois and Keylor Navas at the Santiago Bernabeu.

While he has played relatively little, he has been present for a great deal of success during his time with Real:

He's now hoping to earn promotion with Leeds:

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague is an admirer of Casilla's:

Marcelo Bielsa's side are top of the Championship by four points, and only Middlesbrough have boasted a better defensive record this season in England's second tier.

Bailey Peacock-Farrell, 22, has kept 10 clean sheets in his 26 Championship appearances this season, but Casilla will give the Whites a more experienced alternative to call upon in the run-in.

It could take him some time to get up and running having not played since last season, but he could play a significant role in Leeds' promotion push.

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