Meslier Agrees New Deal

Last updated : 17 August 2021 By Kevin Markey

Illan Meslier has signed a new five-year contract with Leeds.

The club announced their first-choice goalkeeper has committed his long-term future to the club this morning.

He has made 45 league appearances for United since signing from French club Lorient in August 2019 (initially on loan).

Leeds made his stay permanent in a £5.85m deal last summer and he then signed a three-year contract at Elland Road.

Meslier has been capped at international level by France, all the way up to the U21s. He was also part of the France U20 squad for the 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup. He made his debut for the U21s team in May 2021.

In February 2021 Meslier became the first goalkeeper under the age of 21 to record 8 clean sheets in a single Premier League season.

Speaking on the official club website Meslier said:  “I’m so proud, I’m very happy to sign a new deal with Leeds, a big club, so it was natural to sign and I have no doubts.

“I have the chance to play in the Premier League at 21, which is not a given for everyone and I feel very happy to play every weekend against big teams.

“Last season I discovered the Premier League, I was young for a goalkeeper, so this season I have to confirm the challenge and take the opportunity the club has given me.

“I will give the maximum of myself and keep working every day with the goalkeeper coaches, it’s an important season for me and the rest of the team too.

“We work hard every day with Marcelo to try and get the best out of ourselves, we were not surprised to finish ninth last season, but we know this season will be difficult because the teams know us now, so we have to work more to try and have another good season.

“This club is unbelievable, the stadium is full all of the time and you feel the atmosphere of the fans and we play football everybody likes.

“I can’t wait to play in the Premier League with Elland Road full.”