Leeds United midfielder reveals Boro snub in 2017
Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Klich has revealed that he was close to joining Middlesbrough in 2017.
Klich, who moved to Elland Road in the summer of 2017, has turned to a key player for Leeds United since the arrival of Argentine manager Marcelo Bielsa.
Speaking recently to the Leeds United official website, the Polish international revealed that a deal had been put in place with Middlesbrough before Leeds swooped in for his signature.
"My agent called me and said he had an offer from Middlesbrough, because Victor Orta was with them at the time."
"I was at FC Twente and I said if I get an offer from England we should consider it, but then the plan changed."
Klich revealed that his knowledge about the history of Leeds meant that it was an easy decision to switch from Boro to United.
"Obviously [Boro] were a Premier League team at the time, but you knew they were going down."
"I don't want to be disrespectful to them, but Leeds is a bigger club. After that, I agreed everything quickly."
Klich has started every Championship game this season for Leeds, a player Jonathan Woodgate would no-doubt have loved in the Boro team.