By Joe Ellis

20th Dec, 2022 | 3:40pm

Mateusz Klich unsure about Leeds United exit with D.C. United transfer on hold

Mateusz Klich might be further away from the Leeds United exit door than first thought as he is still unsure over leaving the club, according to Leeds All Over.

The 32-year-old was thought to be close to finalising a deal to sign for Wayne Rooney’s D.C. United in the MLS, according to Tom Bogert, 9 December, with a January deal almost certain to be completed.

But the Polish international, who missed out on the World Cup due to a lack of games at Elland Road, is now having second thoughts over his future and whether he wants to leave Yorkshire.

Jesse Marsch has been playing Klich a lot in the friendlies building back to the Premier League’s return where he scored the winner against Elche and played every minute against Real Sociedad.

His hesitance to join the MLS franchise could mean he remains at Leeds United for the rest of the 2022-23 season before his future is reassessed in the summer.

Strength in numbers

Klich is fully aware that in a fully fit squad, he is not in the starting lineup with Tyler Adams and Marc Roca locking the midfield down since their summer arrivals.

But maybe he is not willing to admit that his European career is done by moving to D.C. United in Washington D.C. and he wants to fight for a contract closer to home.

He’s gone a long way to perhaps persuading Marsch that he can still keep up in the Premier League during this brief pause in the season and maybe he will have a role to play when the restart comes.

After all, behind Adams and Roca there is only Adam Forshaw before the manager is having to give very young and inexperienced players games when he might not want to.

Archie Gray is still extremely young to be a regular at senior level and Darko Gyabi could yet be utilised as a makeshift left-back if Junior Firpo’s injury problems persist.

That leaves him quite short in central midfield and Klich’s presence could come in very handy.

In other Leeds United news, the World Cup has seen the Whites pocket a six-figure windfall from FIFA with Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha leading the income charts.