Pablo Hernandez has taken to Instagram to pay tribute to midfielder Mateusz Klich on Instagram after it was confirmed that the Pole is leaving Leeds United on a free transfer – with a move to Wayne Rooney’s MLS side DC United expected.

Klich, 32, has been confirmed as leaving the club after coming off the bench against West Ham United on Wednesday. Joining in 2017, his first year was not a good one – going on loan to Dutch side FC Utrecht during the second half.

But the next four and a half years at Leeds was incredible. He instantly struck a chord with Marcelo Bielsa who arrived in 2018, and he has gone on to clock up 194 appearances. In that time, he played a crucial part in promotion in 2020.

He has remained a pivotal part of the side even until now, albeit off the bench. After the game on Wednesday, Leeds players and Jesse Marsch donned Klich shirts as an emotional Klich paid tribute to the Leeds crowd after the 2-2 draw.

The Leeds players even formed a guard of honour, as he walked off the Elland Road pitch for the last time. Pablo Hernandez, another modern-day Leeds legend, took to Instagram to pay tribute to his old teammate after his exit.

Hernandez pays tribute to Klich with Pole leaving Leeds for the MLS

Klich and Hernandez were the sources of creativity for Leeds in the Championship. Two players that starred for the Whites in the second tier, and important in helping Leeds finish ninth in the Premier League during the 20-21 term.

A nice touch, then, from Hernandez to send a message to Klich following his departure. Whether Leeds will bring in a replacement for Klich remains to be seen – but it is a move that was probably at the right time, for the Poland star.

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