Leeds United goalkeeping coach Marcos Abad commits to remain at Elland Road until 2025

The Whites' goalkeeping coach Marcos Abad has signed a new deal which will keep him at the club until 2025.

By Flora Snelson
Tuesday, 9th November 2021, 12:10 pm

Abad arrived at Elland Road in 2017 as he followed Victor Orta, whom he worked with at Middlesborough, to Leeds, where he initially became part of head coach Thomas Christiansen's backroom staff.

Since Marcelo Bielsa took charge in 2018, Abad has played a vital role in the Argentine's team, working with the likes of Illan Meslier and Kiko Casilla to develop the shot-stopping talent at Leeds United.

Most notably during his tenure as first-team goalkeeping coach, the 36-year-old was a key part of the coaching staff who helped the Whites achieve their long-awaited promotion in 2020.

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The development of Meslier has been especially startling. Since arriving at Leeds, the young Frenchman has broken Joe Hart's Premier League record to become the youngest player to record 10 clean sheets, and received his first France Under-21s call-up as he thrives as one of the league's youngest goalkeepers.

As he signed a new deal in the summer, Meslier acknowledged the contribution of Abad and the goalkeeping staff in his journey as a Leeds player.

Now the Whites have announced Abad's own continued commitment to Leeds in a statement on the club's official website.

"Leeds United are pleased to announce that Marcos Abad has signed a new contract to remain as First Team Goalkeeper Coach until 2025," the statement reads.

Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa in the technical box with Marcos Abad. Pic: Julian Finney.

"The 36-year-old Spaniard joined the Whites in 2017 having previously had spells with both Elche in Spain and Middlesbrough in England. Since Victor Orta brought him to Leeds, Abad has been an integral part of the backroom staff under Marcelo Bielsa, helping to develop the talented goalkeepers at the club.

"The hard-work continued to show in the 2020/21 season when current number one Illan Meslier broke a long-standing Premier League record, by keeping eight clean sheets in the division before his 21st birthday.

"Meslier finished the campaign with 11 clean sheets in 35 top-flight matches and signed a new five-year deal himself over the summer, praising Abad for playing a key part in his development."

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Leeds United goalkeeper Illan Meslier. Pic: Julian Finney.