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Leeds United Claim ‘Friendly’ Win over Elche in Mateusz Klich’s Last Hurrah

Klich waved off the travelling fans after scoring the winning goal...

Elche CF v Leeds United - Friendly Game
Mateusz Klich lifts the Festa d’Elx Trophy
Photo by Silvestre Szpylma/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Leeds United’s victory over Elche was one which reminded Whites fans of what they’ve been missing over the World Cup break. A game of two halves had a poor showing in the first 45’ develop into a satisfying comeback in the second.

Crysencio Summerville went off injured after six minutes of football before Josan scored the opening goal on the stroke of half-time, latching onto a switch which completely caught out the Leeds backline.

The travelling Leeds side found an equaliser on the sixty-minute mark after Adam Forshaw’s incisive ball set things in motion for Jack Harrison slip Sam Greenwood through on the left channel who squared it to Gelhardt for an easy tap-in.

The game dragged on for a while until Mateusz Klich produced a moment of magic in his own classic style, shifting the ball onto his right foot and curling his trademark strike into the far corner of the net.

Following the match, all eyes were on the Polish international as he took centre stage in the celebrations, as the media and fans in attendance got the impression that this match was a farewell for one of the club’s most important players over the last few years.

The next morning, reports emerged that Mateusz Klich is set to move to MLS side, DC United to play under Wayne Rooney.

Klich had quite the career at Leeds and was a stalwart in the side under Marcelo Bielsa. However, Jesse Marsch has preferred his own midfield signings over the 32-year-old, which has presented well-known tensions between the two despite both being quite cordial when speaking about it publicly.

It’s been no secret that Klich has been unhappy at the club, and it now looks like he’s on his way to the USA.