Mateusz Klich to return to Elland Road to say goodbye to Leeds United fans
Mateusz Klich will be back at Leeds United for the Whites’ FA Cup third round replay against Cardiff City on Wednesday evening, according to Phil Hay.
According to the Washington Post’s Steven Goff (via Twitter, 11 January) the 32-year-old’s paperwork has been finalised ahead of his move to DC United being formally completed.
Hay has since revealed (personal Twitter account, 18 January) that Klich is back in West Yorkshire whilst his paperwork gets processed and that he’s due to make an appearance on pitch.
“Mateusz Klich is back in Leeds while the paperwork for his move to DC United gets processed. He’ll be at the game tonight and is due to make an appearance on the pitch, another chance to say farewell,” wrote The Athletic journalist.
The initial goodbye against West Ham was not what the 32-year-old midfielder deserved. It felt as if it was rushed through by the club and it’s right for Klich to return to Elland Road to receive the reception he deserves. He’s a modern-day club legend and was a huge part of the Whites’ ending their exile from the top-flight.
It’s unfortunate that he wasn’t given more of a chance under Jesse Marsch, with the American eager to keep him at the club, but use him predominantly as a substitute – and considering the service he has given the Leeds, that just didn’t seem right.
The move to the MLS will allow for him and his family to explore a new culture and will also provide him with guaranteed game time for Wayne Rooney’s side. An experienced Premier League player like Klich could thrive in America and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him rediscover his top form whilst playing in the MLS.