By George Overhill

7th Jan, 2023 | 11:17am

Mateusz Klich shares Saturday airport social media post amid Leeds United exit to USA

Mateusz Klich is on the brink of completing his move to MLS after playing his last game for Leeds United in the draw with West Ham.

The Polish midfielder was in tears at Elland Road on 4 January after his teammates paid tribute to him ahead of an expected move to Wayne Rooney’s DC United.

He has had his Whites contract cancelled in order to make the move during the January window, despite Jesse Marsch admitting he wasn’t fully comfortable seeing him leave, and is on his way across the Atlantic this weekend.

Posting on his Instagram stories on Saturday morning (7 January) the 32-year-old shared an image from Dublin airport as he was set to carry out his US immigration clearance ahead of the trip.

On his way

Klich will be missed by the Leeds United fanbase after being a central figure in the return to the top tier of English football under Marcelo Bielsa, and an engaging character during his time in West Yorkshire.

Marsch has only used him off the bench this season and is unable to promise him greater involvement, so emotional as it is, a switch to where he can start is the best thing for him at his age.

It was unfortunate that the first half of the season saw him miss out on a place at the World Cup in Qatar, and in some ways the deal comes one window too late, but he now has the opportunity to play more regularly.

It was less than a year ago that Bielsa was removed as manager but already his era is starting to feel like a lifetime away.

And each time a central figure from the promotion-winning side leaves it will become even more so, after star man Kalvin Phillips left in the summer, alongside the standout of the Premier League team which took the top flight by surprise, Raphinha.

But Klich along with the others has his place in Whites history secured so the supporters wish him well as he moves on to the next stage of his career.

In other Leeds United news, Marsch now faces a struggle to convince a player to stay who looks like becoming the “one that got away”.