By Saikat Mandal

14th Dec, 2022 | 8:40pm

Mateusz Klich will never forgive Leeds United after Phil Hay reveal on Thursday

Mateusz Klich is a hero among Leeds United fans – but his days at the club are numbered. 

The midfielder is being targeted by Wayne Rooney-managed DC United, ahead of the 2023 MLS season and the player is open to moving as well [MLS Soccer, 9 December]. 

Phil Hay wrote for The Athletic on 14 December that Klich does not seem so sentimental about leaving the club, despite spending his best years at Elland Road. 

The Whites are unlikely to receive a huge transfer fee for him in January, nor they can persuade him to stay after what happened in the summer. 

Klich found out last season that he is not the central figure at the club anymore under Jesse Marsch, and his future came under doubt during the summer. 

He was told to stay put. The club gave him assurance that he would be needed.

However, the promises were broken as Klich failed to start a single league game this season, managing only 188 minutes of action. 

Despite scoring two goals in the league cup, he was largely overlooked by Marsch. The lack of game time had cost him a place in the Polish national team for the World Cup, and Klich will not forgive Leeds for that. 

It doesn’t come as a surprise that he is keen to end his five-year association with the club in January.

It can happen that a manager comes with new plans and Klich didn’t feature prominently in Marsch’s system. But it was unfair to give him false hope in the summer. 

A player who has been a model professional for the club and played an integral role in taking the Whites to the Premier League deserved better treatment. 

In other Leeds United news, the Whites look set to sign the new Jude Bellingham to replace Klich.