Reports emerged on Wednesday that Mateusz Klich is close to joining MLS side DC United but Jesse Marsch has moved to play those rumours down – stating he still values the Leeds United star as an important part of his side.

Klich, 32, is yet to start a Premier League game this season and is about to enter the last 18 months of his current deal. But he reminded all what he is capable of with his goal against Elche to win the Festa d’Elx Trophy earlier this month.

But his lack of game time saw him miss out on Poland’s World Cup squad, and that will be playing on his mind. Foot Mercato journalist Sebastien Denis reported on Wednesday that a deal to join DC United is 95% completed.

However, Marsch played those reports down. While he confirms that an enquiry has been made for Klich after being asked about DC United – he told reporters that Klich is still very important – and his fifth most-used player at Leeds.

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“There has been an inquiry made. From all sides, we’re cautious about that it is time for him to leave. He is still really important for us – he has played in the fifth-most matches since I’ve been here,” Marsch said, as per Leeds’ YouTube.

“He is one of my favourite personalities of anyone I’ve ever coached. We have a good relationship, open with eachother. I’m not sure it is the time for him to leave. We’ve had good dialogue. That is not necessarily set in stone.”

Marsch still values Leeds star Klich amid DC United reports

Does Klich still have something to offer this Leeds side? From the bench, of course. He has shown that in his brace against Barnsley in the Carabao Cup. Against Elche and in the opening game of the season against Wolves, a 2-1 win.

But, for Klich, is he better off remaining at Leeds – or is it best for Klich to go? He will want to be a part of Poland’s side that goes to Euro 2024 in 18 months time. If he is going to do that, he needs to be playing regularly – perhaps, at DC.

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