Christiansen tight-lipped on future of out-of-favour Leeds United midfielder

Thomas Christiansen refused to comment on the future of midfielder Mateusz Klich and said he wanted Leeds United's squad to focus on a busy month ahead following suggestions that the Poland international could be set for a quick exit from Elland Road.

Thursday, 30th November 2017, 6:34 pm
Updated Thursday, 30th November 2017, 6:38 pm
SIDELINED: Leeds United's Mateusz Klich in action against Leicester City earlier this season. Picture: Mike Egerton/PA

Klich was the subject of reports in his homeland this week claiming he will look for a loan move out of Leeds when the January transfer window opens, just six months after arriving in England on a three-year contract.

Klich has made just three league appearances under Christiansen this season and made an obvious show of frustration over his lack of involvement with a pointed post on Twitter.

The tweet came in response to Christiansen leaving the 27-year-old out of his squad for United’s 2-0 win at Barnsley last Saturday, despite fellow midfielder Ronaldo Vieira incurring a one-match ban.

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Leeds United head coach Thomas Christianse. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Klich, who joined Leeds in a £1.5m deal from Dutch club FC Twente in June, last featured in a matchday squad during a 2-1 loss to Derby County on October 21. He has not appeared in a Championship game since September and is unlikely to play any part against Aston Villa on Friday.

Polish media said Klich would seek a return to Holland’s top flight next month, but Christiansen declined to shed light on the midfielder’s prospects, saying: “We will talk about that. We are still a long time until January, with many games, and things can change from one week to another.

“This is why I need to have everyone focused and prepared for these changes which can come.

“He’s a defensive midfielder, this is his position on the pitch, and right now I have three or four in that situation. I have to choose.”

Leeds United head coach Thomas Christianse. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe