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Jordan Botaka shows just how much he wants to make it at Leeds by opting not to play for his country

The Leeds United winger will be part of the squad that takes on Wycombe Wanderers later this week.

For a lot of players, international football is the pinnacle of their career, but the recent actions of one Leeds United footballer show just how much he wants to make it at Elland Road.

Jordan Botaka signed for Leeds from Dutch club Excelsior in the summer and a quick look at his highlights reel suggested the Whites had found themselves a new fan favourite.

So far the 22-year-old has played six matches for Leeds, but recently he has had to make do with cameo appearances from the bench, and his latest decision suggests he is willing to do everything he can to force himself into manager Steve Evans’ first-team plans.

As reported by Leeds’ official Twitter account on Thursday morning, Botaka has opted not to travel with his country DR Congo for their upcoming World Cup qualifying tie with Burundi.

Instead he will use the international break to be a part of the Leeds squad that will play a specially arranged friendly against Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park on Friday evening.

Not many players would choose a low-key friendly over the chance for international glory, but with Leeds confirming that Botaka made the decision of his own accord, the club’s fans should be proud that they have a player who knows how much hard work it will take to become a first-team regular.

Botaka certainly has the skill to succeed at Elland Road, but it seems he also has the work ethic and the smarts to go with it.

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