By Nick Ware

16th Nov, 2021 | 12:10pm

Leeds midfielder Mateusz Klich welcomed Matty Cash at Poland with Whites reminders

Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Klich recently got in contact with Matty Cash ahead of the Aston Villa defender’s first call up to the Poland national team.

That’s according to The Athletic‘s Gregg Evans, writing after Cash made his first start for Poland in Monday night’s 2-1 loss to Hungary in Warsaw.

Slough-born Cash is eligible to represent the White and Reds through his mother, and his application for citizenship was signed last month.

36-cap international Klich was the first of Cash’s new teammates to make contact with the Villa right-back.

Evans wrote for The Athletic: “Mateusz Klich, the Leeds United man, was the first to get in touch, telling Cash he was looking forward to playing with him instead of against him following a series of battles over the years.”

Ridding rivalries for the nation

Leeds and Villa have enjoyed plenty of battles over the last few years, with one game, in particular, leaving a bad taste in the mouth.

The 2019 Championship clash at Elland Road saw Klich heavily involved as the Whites refused to put the ball out of play and subsequently score with a Villa player supposedly down injured.

Marcelo Bielsa instructed his troops to give the away side a goal as a result, with the game ending 1-1.

Cash was still at Nottingham Forest at that stage but he played in the 3-0 Premier League loss Leeds inflicted on the Villans at Villa Park last season.

He has now joined Klich in the national team and the Whites midfielder, who also played against Cash during his time at Forest, was the first Poland player to extend a friendly hand.

It says a lot about Klich that he went out of his way to make a Premier League rival, and new teammate, as comfortable as possible as he headed into new surroundings.

In other Leeds United news, a Sky Sports pundit was left unhappy with what he saw from this big-money Whites player on international duty.