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Leeds star rejects Chelsea interest

Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier rejects Chelsea links as he sheds light on his future at Elland Road.

Speaking to RMC Sport, Illan Meslier said that he is open to leaving Elland Road this summer after the club were relegated from the Premier League.

During an interview with RMC, Meslier said: “It is complicated when you’re in such a situation. We no longer have a coach, our club is being purchased by the 49ers group – there are lots of unknowns,”

“For now, I have a contract until 2026. Officially, I still belong to Leeds. I will have to think about what could be the best project, be that at Leeds or another club,” he continued. Back in January, Meslier was linked with a move to Chelsea by Foot Mercato, but the goalkeeper is wary of not making a move which would see him designated as the number two.

When asked about the Chelsea links, Meslier replied, “If it is to go and be on the bench, I’m not interested in that. If it’s to be the number one, of course, you can’t say ‘I’m not interested in Chelsea.’ I’d prefer to go to a less reputable club where I’ll have more game time than a top European club where I’d sit on the bench.”

Meslier is on France U21 duty, preparing for the upcoming European Championships.

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