Leeds United goalkeeper departs for European club as exit list grows at Elland Road

-Credit: (Image: MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
-Credit: (Image: MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)


Leeds United goalkeeper Kris Klaesson has left Elland Road to join Polish side Raków Częstochowa after agreeing a contract. The 23-year-old Norwegian brings an end to his three-year stay at Leeds having joined from Valerenga in 2021.

Klaesson has been unable to establish himself in the Leeds United first team behind Ilan Meslier and then Karl Darlow, playing just four senior games, three of those coming last season under Daniel Farke. The goalkeeper still had one year remaining on his deal, but has been allowed to leave to take up a new challenge.

Leeds have also said goodbye to Dani van Den Huevel this summer but are looking to promote 21-year-old Harry Christy as their third choice keeper, as things stand.

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Leeds United's statement read; "Leeds United can confirm Kris Klaesson has joined Polish Ekstraklasa side Raków Częstochowa, on a permanent deal. The 23-year-old goalkeeper heads to the top division of Polish football, bringing his three-year spell at Elland Road to an end.

"Having joined from Norwegian ouLit Valerenga in 2021, Klaesson made his Premier League debut in a thrilling victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux, which saw the Whites come from two goals behind to win the game.

"Klaesson also made two first team appearances for Daniel Farke’s side in the 2023/24 campaign, keeping clean sheets in back-to-back 3-0 victories over both Birmingham City and Peterborough United.

"Everyone at Leeds United would like to thank Kris for his efforts whilst at Elland Road and we wish him the best of luck for the rest of his career."