Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Klich admits that he could return to Poland when his time at the Premier League outfit comes to an end, speaking to Przeglad Sportowy.
No wonder Klich has looked a little tired of late.
Few players in Europe have made more appearances for club and country over the last four years, after all, and it’s not as if Klich is the sprightliest of spring chickens these days either. The Polish international turned 32 earlier in June.
But, for the first time since the summer of 2018, there is a very real chance that Klich will start a new season on the outside looking in. The £24 million signing of the so-called ‘Kai Havertz of America’ in Brenden Aaronson should, in theory, see one of Leeds’ longest serving players go from guaranteed starter to experienced back-up.
What next for Mateusz Klich at Leeds United?
And, on the fifth anniversary of his arrival at Elland Road from Eredivisie outfit FC Twente, Klich admits that the prospect of ending his career where it all began holds plenty of appeal.
“Maybe I will say goodbye to the ball in the colours of Cracovia, from which I set off into the world?” says Klich, who made his professional debut for the Ekstraklasa outfit back in 2008.
“I will come back to this city (Krakow). I hope there will be options when I come back (to Poland).
Klich has started almost 150 league games since the beginning of 2018/19, following the transformative appointment of Marcelo Bielsa. Understandably, a player who arrived at Leeds during the short-lived reign of Thomas Christiansen admits that four years of almost relentless football has taken it’s toll.
“I’m a bit tired because I have played almost every Leeds game in the last three years,” he says. “My body has felt it but has not suffered any permanent damage. I love to play football and as long as my legs carry me, I will do it.”