Marcelo Bielsa has told Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani to feel proud that the club have landed goalkeeper Kiko Casilla from Real Madrid.

Leeds completed the signature of the 32-year-old Spanish goalkeeper on a four-and-a-half year deal from Real Madrid on Thursday morning.

The goalkeeper has arrived at Elland Road with a mass of experience and 140 appearances in La Liga under his belt for Real Madrid and Espanyol.

Casilla also featured in the Champions League for the European champions and Bielsa admits that he needs to say little about the quality of his new signing.

He said in a press conference: "We needed an alternative for the goalkeeper position.

“I don't have to make any comment on Casilla because his career speaks for himself.”

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Bielsa credited his backroom staff for identifying Casilla as a possible target and praised director of football Victor Orta for pulling off a difficult set of negotiations with Real Madrid for the goalkeeper.

He feels it is a big deal for Leeds that they have managed to sign a player from Real Madrid and says Radrizzani should be proud.

"Victor Orta is responsible for the arrival of Kiko Casilla.

"The analysis of the compatibility of his skills with our play has been done by Marcos Abad [goalkeeping coach].

“The fact that a goalkeeper from Real Madrid comes to Leeds, the owner of the club should be proud."

Casilla is expected to dislodge Bailey Peacock-Farrell in goal for Leeds in the coming weeks.