Illan Meslier will play the Champions League shortly
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Paul Robinson has insisted Leeds United stopper Illan Meslier will be attracting interest from Champions League clubs in no time.
The former Whites stopper has admitted the French wonderkid was right to stay at Elland Road for now and retain the number one spot, but feels he has no real competition at the club.
It comes after Meslier pulled off a magical double save against Aston Villa in one of the highlights of the pre-season tour of Australia over the past week.
“He’s a fantastic talent and you forget how young he is” he exclusively said WORD Leeds News.
“To be trusted by Marcelo Bielsa, who has a fantastic eye for a player, he is going to be a top goalkeeper. I have no doubt that he will move on and play Champions League football at some point in his career.
“It’s a wise decision to stay at Leeds and play as a number one, if they have a similar season to last season they will struggle to keep him. If he plays the way he does, from big European clubs will come and watch it.
“For me, he’s not challenged at Leeds, there’s no one good enough in the goalkeeping department to challenge him, he doesn’t have an experienced keeper behind him.”
One to watch.
It’s not exactly what we all want, but it will soon be hard to ignore.
Meslier has signed a long-term deal at Elland Road so his future will be secured along those lines, and if interest starts to peak he will be paid big bucks.
There have already been links with the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, with the National suggesting a move was in the works in 2021, although that never materialized.
Robinson will know a quality keeper when he sees one, and that’s all his double save against Philippe Coutinho was – it still seems impossible now.
Football is a business at the end of the day, let’s just take advantage of Illan while he’s still here.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites now want to sign the striker with a rival set to kick off a major £30m+ transfer battle.