Leeds United midfield stalwart Mateusz Klich is nearing a transfer to MLS side DC United, reports from America indicate.
Klich’s arrival at the American club would bolster a struggling side who finished bottom of the Eastern Conference last season.
Despite not being named in Czeslaw Michniewicz’s Poland side for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar the 32-year-old has a wealth of experience in both domestic and international competition, having made 41 appearances for his country in a lengthy footballing career.
He has also played in Poland for MKS Cracovia, Germany with VfL Wolfsburg II and FC Kaiserslautern, and the Netherlands with PEC Zwolle, FC Twente and FC Utrecht.
Since returning to Yorkshire after a year-long loan at Utrecht during the 2017/18 season, Klich became a permanent fixture of the Whites side which eventually won promotion from the Championship under previous coach Marcelo Bielsa, having made 170 appearances for Leeds in the five seasons since.
Links to DC United emerged from American outlet MLS Soccer, which claimed that they were in “advanced talks” to sign the Polish international.
“D.C. United are in advanced talks to sign Poland international central midfielder Mateusz Klich from Leeds United,” they said.
“The deal isn’t 100% done but has reached advanced stages.
Klich wouldn’t be a Designated Player if the deal gets over the line.”
Current DC United boss Wayne Rooney will be hoping that Klich can become the latest addition to players he has recently signed from English clubs, alongside Christian Benteke and Ravel Morrison.
End of an era
With only 188 Premier League minutes to his name so far this season, and rumours of discontent at his minimised position in the squad being expressed by Klich himself, the overriding feeling is that his time in Yorkshire is coming to a close.
Make no mistake, there is no Leeds fan who wants to see the Polish international leave, but time does catch up with us all eventually.
Despite the fact he has scored 3 goals this term the fact remains that they were either in a cup or – most recently – in a friendly against lower-calibre opposition.
Whether Klich decides to leave in January or not, he will always be fondly remembered as an iconic component of Bielsa’s promotion-winning side, just as much for his antics off the pitch than on it.
The images of Klich conducting the celebrations in the empty stands of Pride Park and his drunken shenanigans after Leeds sealed promotion to England’s top-flight are ones which live long in the memory, and always will.
It will be a sad day when he leaves Leeds, if it happens.