MLS side DC United have confirmed the signing of Mateusz Klich after he left Leeds United on a free transfer earlier this month – and DC boss Wayne Rooney has given his verdict on the Polish ace to his club’s site after confirmation.
Klich, 32, joins DC United after four and a half years at Elland Road in which he clocked 195 appearances for the Whites. A mainstay and a crucial cog under Bielsa, he started 93 of our 94 Championship games in 18-19, and 19-20.
Following his final appearance against West Ham, Leeds fans and the club paid tribute to Klich. Wearing t-shirts imprinted with the famous picture of Klich smoking a cigar – and doing a guard of honour. Now, DC have confirmed.
Speaking on the arrival of Klich – who has signed a one-year deal with the option of another year – Rooney gave his take on the midfielder. He says he has been watching the Poland international since Leeds were in the Championship.
“Mateusz is a first-rate midfielder who will add top-level experience,” Rooney said. “I’ve been watching him since he helped lead Leeds to promotion. His vision, range of passing, and scoring ability will be a huge asset for us this term.”
DC confirm Klich signing after leaving Leeds, Rooney gives his verdict
Finally, Klich joins DC. While many understand his decision – was it the right one? He failed to start a Premier League game under Jesse Marsch this season. It was the main factor in failing to make the Poland squad for the World Cup.
So, from Klich’s point of view, it is more than understandable. But should Leeds have made more of an effort to keep Klich? Perhaps. He will certainly need replacing and it remains to be seen if Leeds will go again, after Wober and Rutter.