Victor Orta has told Leeds Live that Kiko Casilla has decided that he wants to stay at Leeds for the coming season, and added that Samuel Saiz is close to sealing a move away from Elland Road this summer.
Casilla's future has been a talking point amongst the Leeds fans for some time now. He was lauded in the weeks following his arrival during the January transfer window, but his form became more erratic as the campaign edged towards its conclusion, and he shouldered a fair amount of the blame following the Whites' agonising play-off exit.
The Sun on Sunday (26/5; page 69) reported back in May that Leeds were ready to let Casilla leave and were searching for potential replacements. But Orta has suggested that the Spaniard is set to go nowhere before next month's deadline.
“I can say Kiko Casilla prefers to stay in Leeds United than the first division in Spain. And, again, for me, I feel really proud,” he told Leeds Live.
One player who will be on the move however, is Saiz, with Orta confirming that the attacking midfielder is edging closer towards agreeing his departure.
“He is near to closing a deal in Spain. We are near to closing that situation,” he added, when asked about Saiz's future.
It would have been a huge surprise if Saiz stayed and featured in Marcelo Bielsa's plans for next season having spent the second-half of last term on loan back in Spain.
Some supporters may however, be a little taken aback by Orta's comments on Casilla. He looks to have plenty to prove after such a disappointing spell following his arrival, and there are some fans who will be hoping that Bailey Peacock-Farrell begins the campaign as number one.
But Casilla did show in the early stages of his Leeds spell that he does have the quality to now silence his critics. And Orta clearly believes that he will bounce back now that he has confirmed that he expects the stopper to stay.
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