Returning to Leeds United would be difficult for Kiko Casilla and he has every intention of staying in Spain beyond his Elche loan.
The goalkeeper has been presented to the media in Spain after agreeing a season-long loan switch to the La Liga outfit earlier this month.
While Casilla has another two years to run on his Elland Road contract, he believes he has made his last save for the West Yorkshire outfit.
The veteran has made just four league appearances for Marcelo Bielsa since February 2020 and faced seeing out his United deal as Illan Meslier’s deputy.
Should Elche avoid relegation from the Spanish top flight, Casilla is expected to remain there on a permanent contract next summer.
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As quoted by AS, Casilla said: “Six months ago I had the thought of returning to the Spanish league.
“I want to thank Leeds, especially Víctor Orta, for all the facilities they gave me to leave. He knows what I can give to this club.
“It is a normal and current option until the end of the season, but when it ends, if all goes well, there would be no problems to continue. My intention is to stay in Spain.”
Casilla first arrived at Elland Road in January 2019 from Real Madrid and immediately established himself as the first-choice stopper.
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The Spaniard played regularly throughout 2019/20 until February last year when he was found guilty of racially abusing Jonathan Leko and banned for eight matches.
That ban signalled the changing of the guard for Bielsa, who has stuck with Meslier ever since.
On where his career is at, Casilla said: “I have done like a reset to mark a point and apart. It will be difficult for me to return to England.
“Returning to the Spanish league is an interesting challenge that makes me very excited.
“Although I have been in teams like Real Madrid or Espanyol, I have also had to row from the second category in England with Leeds.
“Almost nobody accepts that and I did it. The category is one thing and that you like football is another.”