By Russell Edge

7th May, 2018 | 12:38pm

Leeds outcast issues definitive verdict on senior return - reveals club decision

Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Klich has confirmed that the club want him back in the summer after he was shipped out to FC Utrecht on loan in January.

The Polish international arrived at Elland Road last summer but after struggling to establish himself in the starting XI, with just one league start among his 10 appearances, he was cast out by Thomas Christiansen and sent to the Eredivisie, where he had signed from in the first place.

Having impressed in the Netherlands, with 14 appearances and his first goal, coming in the 1-0 win over VVV Venlo on Sunday, the 27-year-old has delivered a definitive verdict on returning to the senior side, revealing that the club want him back.

Speaking to Dutch newspaper AD, as relayed by Sports Witness, he said: “I have spoken with them, they want me back.

“The chance that I return is 99 percent, almost a hundred. I still have a two year contract. I have unfinished business there.”

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New manager Paul Heckingbottom has not seen anything of Klich in training as a result of his arrival coming after the Polish star’s exit, but he may well be excited at the prospect of getting a good look at the midfielder. He has spoken about his desire to improve the balance in the team, especially when it comes to when the Whites do not have possession of the ball, and as a defensive midfielder, Klich could offer something that they are lacking. He will almost definitely be handed the chance to shine in pre-season and even if he fails to live up to expectation, there is little chance of him leaving over the summer. Instead he is likely to remain until next January at the earliest, when Heckingbottom will have been able to make a definitive decision on the 27-year-old’s future. For now though, that seems firmly at Elland Road.

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