Leeds make major statement with Mateusz Klich contract
Leeds United handed their supporters a big boost over the weekend when the club announced on their official website that Mateusz Klich had signed a new four-and-a-half year contract.
It is easy to forget just how great a turnaround Klich has enjoyed at Elland Road. Heading into Marcelo Bielsa’s first pre-season, it appeared that the Poland international would probably be on the way out of the club.
He had been frozen out under Thomas Christiansen and had returned to the Eredivisie on loan. But Bielsa gave him a chance. And within one half of Championship football, Klich had established himself as a key man for the transformed Whites.
The midfielder ended last season with 10 goals and nine assists in the league. And that return is part of the reason why last week’s announcement was such a statement from the Whites.
The Daily Mail reported in July that Burnley wanted Klich as he headed into the final year of his contract. Of course, a move would not take place. But the interest must have meant that there was some doubt over the 29-year-old’s future.
Leeds make massive statement
Klich could have been forgiven for wanting to delay a decision until January when he would have been able to talk to foreign clubs. And he may have been tempted to run his contract down with Premier League sides lurking.
Klich will be aware that he may not have too many more opportunities to become a Premier League player. He turns 30 next summer, so signing a lengthy deal with Leeds could be deemed by some to be a gamble.
But Klich has sent out a message that he expects Leeds to be playing in the top flight in the not too distant future. He has committed what should, on paper, be the best years of his career to the Whites.
Given the Premier League interest in him, that is a major statement about what direction Klich feels Leeds are heading in.