Leeds United: Klich insists he can handle Championship football

POLISH international midfielder Mateusz Klich insists he could have handled the test of Championship football after being sent out on loan by Leeds United to FC Utrecht.

Monday, 12th February 2018, 10:11 am
Updated Monday, 12th February 2018, 10:20 am
CONFIDENT: On loan Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Klich.

Klich joined United from FC Twente for around £1.5m in June but the midfielder was used sparingly by former Whites head coach Thomas Christiansen.

After making just one start in the Championship and appearing only three times off the bench in league games, the 27-year-old was then sent out on a six-month loan in the January transfer window to Dutch side FC Utrecht for whom Klich has started the last three games.

"Of the matches I have played, I know that I can handle the level of the Championship," Klich told Dutch outlet De Stentor.

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"I did not have a good relationship with the coach, Thomas Christiansen.

"He happened to be fired after the defeat against Cardiff. What has happened between us? I do not want to go into details too much.

"It's only frustrating when you know you can handle the level, but do not get a chance to show it."

Klich has now started Utrecht's last three games in the Dutch Eredivisie - which have resulted in a 2-2 draw at Excelsior and home victories against Sparta Rotterdam and PEZ Zwolle.

Utrecht sit sixth in the table.

"I know this competition and I now know that I am doing well here," Klich added.

"In any case, it is not new to me. I love to play football and I'm here to play a lot of matches again.

"That is also necessary, because I will probably return to Leeds United in the summer, where my contract runs until 2020."