By Sam Stone

5th Jan, 2023 | 10:10am

Mateusz Klich rejects Netherlands transfer as family reasons emerge for Leeds United exit

Mateusz Klich rejected the chance to return to the Netherlands as the Leeds United midfielder closes in on a move to DC United, according to Meczyki.

Klich joined the Whites from Dutch side Twente FC in 2018 and has gone on to make 194 appearances for the club. However, he is now closing in on a move to the MLS side with American journalist Tom Bogert, who has written for The Guardian, claiming “everything is agreed” between the Poland international and Wayne Rooney’s side.

Polish news outlet Meczyki have since suggested (5 January) that Klich received inquiries from Belgium and the Netherlands, but was persuaded to make the move to the US due to the improved contract conditions, which provides more stability for his family.


Klich will go down as a modern-day legend for Leeds after playing a huge part in the club’s promotion back to the Premier League under Marcelo Bielsa. Fans will never forget how influential the Poland international was under the Argentine.

His departure does seem to make sense having only played a bit-part role for the Whites in the 2022/23 campaign. He’s at an age where he will want to be playing regular first-team football and sadly, Jesse Marsch hasn’t been able to offer him that.

He will be a mainstay in DC United’s side, and the move will also allow his family to experience a new culture away from Europe as his career enters its latter stages.

Klich will likely be followed by a couple more players from the Bielsa era in the next couple of transfer windows. Luke Ayling still hasn’t been offered a new deal and Adam Forshaw has seen his gametime slashed so far this season.

It’s disappointing to see these players depart, but ultimately the club have to keep on improving and dwelling on past success stories is not the way forward.

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