Mateusz Klich’s five-year career at Leeds United is coming to a close with papers still to be finalised on a move to Major League Soccer side D.C. United. according to The Athletic’s Phil Hay.
It was an emotional evening for the Polish international in what was his last match as a Leeds United player, walking off the pitch in tears following Wednesday’s dramatic 2-2 draw with West Ham United in the Premier League.
Jesse Marsch spoke out on his departure, stating that the decision for the fan favourite to leave was not “black and white” and that the need to move was based on “providing stability for his family and an opportunity to provide something new.”
After reports emerged stating that plans were being made for the player to travel to the US Capital, the 32-year-old is now poised to depart Elland Road for a move to D.C. United with Hay reporting that papers surrounding the move yet to be officially finalised, but that Klich was given an emotional farewell on Wednesday night.
“Mateusz Klich poised to depart Leeds United for DC United. Papers still to be officially finalised but given a big farewell at Elland Road tonight:”
It was indeed an emotional evening last night as the 32-year-old called time on what’s been a hugely successful and impactful spell as a Leeds United player.
Since his move to Elland Road in 2017, the Polish international became such a pivotal part of the club after such a slow start to his career in England.
And arguably his most memorable moments will certainly be under Marcelo Bielsa where the midfielder played in nearly 100 consecutive games as the Whites secured their Premier League status after a difficult 16-year wait.
Klich’s impact and presence in the dressing room will certainly be missed and it will be intriguing to see how Marsch plans to replace his influence in the team.
The player’s departure will certainly hurt many fans and also for Klich himself who was offered assurances last summer that he’d play a prominent role this season, but that unfortunately didn’t happen.
However, it’s in the best interests of both parties to go their separate ways as the midfielder can finally leave on his own terms, in search of a new adventure elsewhere.