By Richard Parks
Mateusz Klich has revealed that he will return to Leeds United in the summer with the aim of forcing his way into the first-team reckoning.
The central midfielder, 27, had a wretched opening half of the season at Elland Road after signing for a reported £1.5million from Dutch Eredivisie side FC Twente last June.
Klich made just 10 appearances in all competitions and his Championship action amounted to a meagre 135 minutes as he struggled to make an impression under former manager Thomas Christiansen.
The Poland international was loaned out to Dutch top-tier outfit FC Utrecht last month and it was widely reported that he would not return to Elland Road despite having a contract that runs until the summer of 2020.
Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay claimed on his personal Twitter account that there is a “good chance” the midfield anchorman, 27, has played his last game for the Leeds.
a good chance that we've seen the last of Klich at Leeds. Still contracted until 2020 but unlikely to force his way back in here.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) January 22, 2018
???? | Leeds United can confirm that midfielder Mateusz Klich has joined Eredivisie side FC Utrecht on a six month loan deal
— Leeds United (@LUFC) January 22, 2018
But Klich has told Dutch publication De Stentor that he has not written off his Leeds career and is confident he can make an impact in the Championship under a different manager.
“Of the matches I have played, I know that I can handle the level of the Championship,” the midfielder said. “I did not have a good relationship with the coach, Thomas Christiansen.
“He happened to be fired this week after the defeat against Cardiff. What has happened between us? I do not want to go into details too much.
“It’s only frustrating when you know you can handle the level, but do not get a chance to show it.”
Klich is on loan until the end of the season and admitted he knows his spell at Utrecht is just a short-term move.
He added to De Stentor: “I love to play football and I’m here to play a lot of matches again. That is also necessary, because I will probably return to Leeds United in the summer, where my contract runs until 2020.”