Marcelo Bielsa’s arrival at Leeds United in 2018 has helped Mateusz Klich a lot, and he’s been a regular figure in the Whites’ midfield since the start of the last campaign.
Earlier this month, the Poland international committed his long-term future to Elland Road and extended his contract to 2024.
The 29-year-old is currently with the national team for November’s international break and while speaking to the local media, the player admitted his future at Leeds had long been sealed even before he put pen to paper on a new contract.
“It is known that when I signed such a long contract at my age, I gained a lot of peace. But in fact, I had a contract signed in my head before, and I’ve been talking to a club for a long time. So, this is not new,” he was quoted as saying by Polsat Sport.
Klich left Poland in 2011 and had spells in Germany and the Netherlands. His struggles forced him to keep changing clubs regularly until he arrived at Leeds in 2017. Things have been different for him and he’s currently enjoying life in England.
“This is what you can say. It’s a place where football is really cool, the whole thing around it. The stadiums here have an atmosphere, especially the old ones. They are more in our league (Championship) than in the Premier League,” the Pole explained.
“From all the countries I played, I feel best there. I’m glad to play at a club like Leeds United. It is a big brand and only has to wait for the Premier League to return, because then it will be even better.”
Leeds came close to achieving Premier League promotion last season, but Klich believes the task is even more difficult this time around.
“The league shows that it will be harder than last season. There’s a very large pressure. I talked to Krystian (Bielik from Derby County). They are in sixteenth place, and have only seven points to sixth, play-offs. Anyone can lose points to anyone,” the midfielder stressed.
“West Bromwich Albion seems to be the best team at the moment, they lost one of nine games, just with us. The season will be long, we will see.”