Illan Meslier’s agent hits back at Christophe Pelissier over Leeds United comments

Players and staff members of the Under 21 France national football team pose on October 8, 2019 in Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines.

Illan Meslier joined Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United on loan from Lorient in the summer transfer window.

Leeds United's Illan Meslier during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Nottingham Forest at Elland Road on August 10, 2019 in Leeds, England.

Illan Meslier’s agent has hit back at FC Lorient manager Christophe Pelissier on Le Telegramme for suggesting that the goalkeeper took the easy option of moving to Leeds United in the summer transfer window.

Meslier joined Leeds in the Championship in England on loan from French club Lorient.

The Whites signed the 19-year-old goalkeeper as a replacement for Bailey Peacock-Farrell, who left for Burnley in the Premier League in the summer.

Lorient manager Pelissier said on Le Telegramme earlier this week that he was disappointed and surprised that the teenager left on loan this summer, and suggested that he took the easy option.

Meslier’s agent, Yvon Pouliquen, has hit back at Pelissier, and said on Le Telegramme: “Illan was warned 48 hours before the start of the championship that he would be number two this season.

“He did not choose to find a way around the difficulty, but, on the contrary, to increase it, by choosing to respond favourably to Leeds and Marcelo Bielsa.

“He continues his progress alongside a very good goalkeeping coach and a Spanish goalkeeper. And do not forget that he still belongs to FC Lorient!”

MONTPELLIER, FRANCE - May 5:  Christophe Pélissier, head coach of SC Amiens on the sideline during the Montpellier Vs SC Amiens, French Ligue 1 regular season match at Stade de la Mosson...

Progress at Leeds United

With Kiko Casilla the clear first-choice goalkeeper at Leeds, it is going to be extremely hard for Meslier to get much playing time at Elland Road this season.

However, the Frenchman is only 19 years of age, and at this stage of his career, he will learn a lot from working with Marcelo Bielsa and his coaches, and by being involved in a promotion race in a very competitive environment.

Leeds United's Illan Meslier during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Nottingham Forest at Elland Road on August 10, 2019 in Leeds, England.

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