By Saikat Mandal

15th Dec, 2022 | 11:10am

BBC journalist: 'Massive argument' over Mateusz Klich at Leeds United with advanced talks underway

BBC Radio Leeds journalist Adam Pope suggests he wants to see Mateusz Klich remain at Leeds United until the end of the season.

The Whites midfielder has been linked with a move away from Elland Road, with Wayne Rooney-managed DC United keen to sign him ahead of the 2023 MLS season.

According to MLS Soccer (9 December) DC are in “advanced talks” to sign Klich in January, and BBC journalist Pope suggests that a “massive argument” can be put forward that he could leave.

“He’s got 18 months left on his contract, he’s not getting a game here,” Pope said on the Don’t Go To Bed Just Yet Podcast (December 13).

“Sam Greenwood’s gone past him, in terms of who comes in off the bench, and the fact he’s on the bench. He’s lost his World Cup place, so he’s obviously thinking ‘where am I going to play to get first-team football if it’s not going to be at Leeds United.’

“There’s a massive argument to say he could go. I’d like to see him stay til the end of the season and then maybe go as I think he’s got something to offer.”

Unlikely

Phil Hay wrote The Athletic on 14 December that Klich does not seem so sentimental about leaving the club, although he has spent his best five years at Elland Road. 

Leeds are unlikely to receive a huge transfer fee for him in January, but Klich does have a contract at the club until 2024. 

He was one of the key players for the Whites under Marcelo Bielsa, but his influence in the side waned towards the end of last season under Jesse Marsch. 

His future came under doubt during the summer, but he stayed on. He was assured of regular game time, but it didn’t happen. 

Klich has failed to start a single league game this season, and it looks inevitable that he will leave the club at some point in January. 

Pope is spot on here. Klich is a fantastic player who can still make valuable contributions to the side. 

However, Klich clearly feels that he has a lot of football left in him and that he deserves to join a club where he can get regular games. 

In other Leeds United news, the Whites look set to sign the new Jude Bellingham to replace Klich.