POLISH international Mateusz Klich admitted he was a creative midfielder but “not afraid to fight” for Leeds United after becoming the club’s first new signing of the summer.
Klich was unveiled as United’s first new signing under the tenure of new head coach Thomas Christiansen on Friday morning with the 27-year-old joining from FC Twente on a three-year deal for a fee thought to be around £1.5m.
The 27-year-old was 12 months into a three-year deal at the Dutch club but penned terms with Leeds on Friday morning after flying in from Krakow and undergoing a medical on Thursday afternoon.
Klich was a regular in Twente’s starting line-up last season, helping them finish seventh in the Eredivisie table and chipping in with eight goals and six assists.
But the six-foot Pole insists there is more to more his game than creative flair with the midfielder prepared to roll his sleeves up and “ready to fight” for the Whites.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with the YEP at Elland Road, Klich admitted: “I am more of a creative midfielder but of course I am not afraid to fight and I will give 100 per cent on the pitch for the three points and for the win in games.
“I can play good football and I can create some good stuff on the pitch.”
Asked for his first impressions of Leeds and Elland Road, Klich beamed: “I am really happy to sign here.
“It’s a big club, with great fans and I am just really looking forward to playing here.
“My first impressions of the club are really good.
“The stadium is really nice, it has a really English style in the sense that everything is really close and I am really looking forward to playing in the stadium with the atmosphere. Everything so far is good.”
Klich has been capped 10 times by the Polish national side and came on as a 45th-minute substitute in the 2-0 loss to England at Wembley in a World Cup Qualifier in October, 2013.
The new Whites recruit began his professional career at Polish club KS Cracovia before moving on in 2011 to German side Vfl Wolfsburg, who sold the midfielder to Dutch outfit PEC Zwolle in 2013.
After moving back to Wolfsburg in 2014, Klich signed for fellow German club FC Kaiserslautern in January 2015 before making the switch to Twente last summer.
The central midfielder’s arrival follows the permanent signing of winger Hadi Sacko whose loan move from Sporting Lisbon was turned into a permanent deal earlier this month.