By Jonty Banks

22nd Dec, 2022 | 9:10pm

Phil Hay drops Mateusz Klich transfer news as Leeds United and Jesse Marsch keen on keeping midfielder

Jesse Marsch believes Mateusz Klich is “still a big part” of his plans at Leeds United this season but has acknowledged there has been an enquiry for the midfielder, according to Phil Hay.

The Polish international, 32, has been linked with a move away from Elland Road in January, and recent reports (Thursday 22 December) suggested that a transfer to Wayne Rooney’s D.C. United side was “95%” done. [Sebastien Denis]

However, Marsch has potentially thrown a spanner in the works by admitting Klich was still a key asset to him in a press conference on Thursday (22 December), and he is reluctant to let him go in the New Year.

As reported by Hay, the American said: “There has been an enquiry for Mateusz but from all sides, we’re still cautious about thinking that it might be time for him to leave. He’s still been really important here.

“One of the interesting things, he’s played the fifth most matches for me since he’s been here. Twenty-five from 28 games since I’ve been here.

“For me, he’s one of my favourite personalities of anyone I’ve ever coached and we have a really good relationship. I’m not sure it’s the time for him to leave.

“With the 25 of 28 games, they haven’t all been starts and I know sometimes players want to play a little more. We’ve had good dialogue about his role within the team. That’s not necessarily set in stone.

“He’s a guy I still very much like and we think he’s still big part of this team.”

Decision up to Klich

Despite Marsch wanting Klich to remain at the club, the decision surely rests with the player and how much football he wants to be playing on a weekly basis.

The Whites would be stupid to let Klich go without a fight, as the midfielder is a huge asset both in the dressing room and on the pitch. He was one of the first names on the teamsheet during Marcelo Bielsa’s Championship promoting season and has been ever-present since their return to the top-flight.

Whether the legs have started getting that bit slower is still up for debate, but Marsch evidently wants him to remain at the club.

If Klich still thinks he has a realistic chance of returning to the Polish international setup, he may well decide that moving away from Elland Road is the best way to improve these chances.

Either way, the midfielder has been a monumental figure in Leeds’ recent successes, and he will be remembered by fans for years to come.

In other Leeds news, another attacker picks up a muscle injury ahead of Manchester City clash.