Illan Meslier signs permanently from Lorient to complete seven days of Leeds United heaven
Illan Meslier has won two games, kept two clean sheets, been promoted to the Premier League, won a league title and signed a three-year deal at Leeds United, all in the space of seven days.
It has been the week from heaven for the 20-year-old, whose loan deal has become permanent. Leeds have shelled out a fee in the region of £5m for Meslier, for whom the past few days have been a dream come true.
“It’s a fantastic week,” he said.
“We are champions, we are in the Premier League, it’s unbelievable for the club, for the city, the supporters. It’s amazing. We are happy to get promoted to the Premier League.”
Meslier revealed his intention to sign for Leeds earlier this week in an interview with Ouest France, having experienced his first taste of Elland Road celebrations over the weekend.
He’s keen to help generate more of the same.
“It was a fantastic celebration,” he said.
“I want to win other trophies to celebrate with the supporters. I hope for next time my family will be with me.”
The stopper joined Leeds on loan from French second-tier side Lorient last summer and got his chance in the first team when Kiko Casilla served an eight-game ban over a racism charge.
He started 10 of the final 11 games of the season and kept seven clean sheets, conceding just four goals and experiencing defeat only once.
Casilla’s Elland-Road future remains in doubt, but Meslier cannot yet say if he will be the Whites’ number one next season.
He’s excited for Premier League football all the same and believes he’s ready, if called upon.
“Next season we will play against the best players in the world, the best teams maybe, in the best league in the world,” he said.
“I can’t wait to play.
“I don’t know if I’ll be number one, maybe, maybe not. I’ll give 100 per cent and I’m ready to start if I can.”
First, though is a holiday in his native France, before he returns to the city he will call home until 2023 at least, to begin preparing for the top flight.