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Left-field Illan Meslier replacement Leeds United could turn to as transfer speculation heats up

Left-field Illan Meslier replacement Leeds United could turn to as transfer speculation heats up

Leeds United face the risk of returning for pre-season with just Kristoffer Klaesson as the only first-team goalkeeper on the books. Joel Robles was released by the Whites but has been invited back for pre-season, while Illan Meslier has been linked with the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur despite his struggles last season.

The French goalkeeper kept just five clean sheets in the Premier League last season and made a number of costly errors in the final Premier League run in. Sam Allardyce took Meslier out of the firing line, allowing Robles to come in for the final four games of the season, but he shipped 11 goals in four games.

Leeds’ relegation to the Championship means a number of their young talents could be snapped up for cut-price fees, with Meslier among those tipped for an exit. The 23-year-old has been coy about his future but insists a move away from Elland Road would only come to fruition if he was guaranteed to be number one.

Speaking about his Leeds future with RMC Sport, Meslier said: “It’s complicated when you’re in the situation that is ours. We no longer have a coach (Sam Allardyce left Leeds after the descent, editor’s note), our club is being bought out by the 49ers group. There are a lot of unknowns.

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“For now, I have my contract until 2026. Officially, I still belong to Leeds. I will have to think about which project can be the best, whether at Leeds or at another club.”

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The Whites’ shot stopper has been liked with a move to Chelsea but Meslier insists he wants to be number one. He added: “If it’s to go there and be on the bench, I’m not interested.

“If it’s to be number one, obviously you can’t say ‘no, I’m not interested in Chelsea’. I prefer to go to a club that is less famous but where I will have playing time than to a top European club where I am on the bench.”

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  • June 25, 2023