EXCLUSIVE

Noel Whelan fears Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Klich may become the latest first teamer to quit the club.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former United striker is concerned that the Championship big hitters have failed to tie the Poland international down to a new contract.

The 29-year-old has become a key player at United after reigniting his career under Marcelo Bielsa last season following a wretched debut campaign in England.

Klich has entered the final year of the three-year deal he signed in 2017 and Whelan explained why it’s vital to keep hold of a player who started all 48 of Leeds’ Championship and play-off matches in the last campaign.

“Leeds need to nail Klich down before the start of the season,” Whelan told Football Insider. “Keep the player happy and content rather than leave it until January, and risk the possibility of him leaving for nothing.

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“He seems a very professional player and someone who doesn’t mope about or complain. But, when you do well as a footballer, you should be rewarded.

“Klich is a key player after winning over Bielsa last season. He will probably start on Sunday, and if he’s regarded as a key starter like last season, he deserves another contract. If not, he could also leave.”

Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Tom Pearce are set to join increasingly long line of youthful departures from Elland Road this summer that already includes Jack Clarke, Mallik Wilks, Aapo Halme, Tyler Denton, Paudie O’Connor, Sam Dalby and Liam Kitching.

In addition, there have also been the senior player exits of Samuel Saiz, Hadi Sacko and, most notably, Pontus Jansson, who made a shock £5.5million transfer to Brentford.

In other Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED that a club are tabling £2m-a-year United player offer as talks advance.