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Illan Meslier says he stayed at Leeds United to help them return to the Premier League

Leeds United goalkeeper Illan Meslier says he felt guilty about the club’s relegation and that is not how he wanted to leave the club this summer.

The 23-year-old was The Whites’ first choice keeper for most of their stay in the English topflight. However, last season he came under heavy criticism as some of his performances cost Leeds crucial points in the relegation battle.

Meslier was subject to interest in the summer, with Real Madrid shortlisting the keeper as a replacement for the injured Thibaut Courtois. The club even signed Karl Darlow from Newcastle in anticipation of Meslier’s departure. However, the France U21 international has started all five Championship games this season.

Speaking on Leeds United’s official podcast, the Frenchman says he will give his best to help the club this season:

“It was difficult to leave when the club is going down, because I feel guilty inside. I played most of the games and the results weren’t good. It was not good for me to leave with the club in the second division. “To go and play somewhere and see Leeds in the middle of the second division and think, ‘oh no’. For me, I had to stay and give my best to get Leeds in the top two places.”

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