By Anthony Onifade

18th Jan, 2023 | 7:15pm

Jesse Marsch sends message to Mateusz Klich ahead of Leeds United v Cardiff City

Jesse Marsch has paid tribute to Leeds fan favourite Mateusz Klich following his move to DC United, stating that the midfielder leaves Elland Road “a hero” and wishes him “nothing but success” for the future.

According to reports [Steven Goff, 11 January], the player’s paperwork ahead of his move to the American capital has been finalised and set to be completed formally.

And ahead of the Whites FA Cup fixture with Cardiff City [18 January], it is believed the midfielder will be present at Elland Road to say his final farewell, according to The Athletic reporter Phil Hay [18 January].

And in his programme notes for the match [via Joe Donnohue, 18 January], Marsch could not go without celebrating the Polish fan favourite as he completes his move to DC United this month.

Marsch said: “I would also like to pay tribute to Mateusz Klich. He achieved so much at this club and leaves as a hero. This was an opportunity he felt he couldn’t turn down for himself and his family and I wish him nothing but success in the future.”

Hero’s send-off

It was indeed an emotional evening at the end of the club’s 2-2 draw with West Ham United as Klich called time on his glittering Elland Road career.

Since his move to the Whites in 2017, the Polish international became a pivotal part of the club after such a slow start to his career in England.

Klich’s most memorable moments will certainly be under Marcelo Bielsa where the midfielder played in nearly 100 consecutive games as the Whites secured their Premier League status after an incredibly testing 16-year wait.

The 32-year-old’s impact and presence in the dressing room will certainly be missed and it will be intriguing to see how Marsch plans to replace his influence in the team.

The move to the MLS will certainly allow him and his family to explore a new culture and environment along with some guaranteed game time for Wayne Rooney’s side.

Klich was a big-time performer, a man for the crucial clashes, and someone amongst Marsch’s current squad will have to step up in his place. It will surely be an emotional last farewell ahead of Leeds’ FA Cup clash with Cardiff.

In other Leeds news, a January transfer is “very possible” for this teenage sensation according to a report.