'Our road is far from over' - Robin Koch pays heartfelt tribute to supporters after debut Leeds United campaign
Robin Koch has paid tribute to Leeds United supporters for welcoming him to Elland Road after his first year at the club.
The 24-year-old has been restricted to just 17 appearances for the Whites this season but has been included in Joachim Low's Germany squad for this summer's forthcoming delayed Euro 2020 tournament.
Koch sealed a switch to the Premier League with Leeds from Bundesliga outfit Freiburg last August.
He began the season in strong form whilst battling a knee injury that eventually forced him to undergo surgery after aggravating the issue at Chelsea in December.
Koch returned in March to take up a role from the bench before being handed starts against Brighton and Tottenham Hotspur in a defensive midfield role.
Bielsa left him out of his squad for last weekend's victory over Burnley with the centre-back watching on from the Turf Moor stands.
United's head coach then revealed he had given Koch early leave along with teammate Mateusz Klich in a bid to allow them time to rest and recuperate before the European Championships.
"Thank you to all my supporters and all Leeds fans out there," Koch tweeted ahead of the club's final day clash with West Brom at Elland Road.
"Coming to a new club in a new country was a big step for me. But all I can say: it was the right step. You welcomed me in a fantastic way and made my first season at Leeds United to a great one.
"Even during the hard time of my injury you supported me every day and motivated me to come back even faster and stronger.
"We played a very good first Premier League year and I think I speak for us all when I say: our road is far from over.
"We are really looking forward to the next season with you behind us. Now get that last win today lads.
"See you all at Elland Road. Marching on Together!"