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Kristoffer Klaesson is in for a ‘shock’ at Leeds United as the goalkeeper closes in on a move to the Premier League side, Valerenga teammate Kjetil Hauge told Nettavisen

And he should know too. 

Haug spent four years honing his talents in Manchester City’s space-age academy between 2014 and 2018 after all, so a former teammate of Jadon Sancho and Phil Foden is well placed to pass judgement on the differences between football in Norway and football in England. 

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According to The Athletic, Leeds are on the verge of making Klaesson their latest summer signing, with a man many deem to be a future Norway number one set to undergo a medical at the Elland Road outfit sooner rather than later. 

“I think he’s going to get a little shock, to be completely honest,” said Haug, a fellow goalkeeper who should now take Klaesson’s place between the sticks at Valerenga. 

“It will be a different everyday life, without so many friends and the comfortable environment around you. 

“You enter a performance environment on a completely different level to here, where you feel the competition even more on the body.” 

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Will Kristoffer Klaesson adapt to life at Leeds United?

Valerenga director Jorgen Ingebrigtsen confirmed last week that Victor Orta, Leeds’ cult hero talentspotter, has been tracking the highly-rated Klaesson since 2019. 

There were concerns that he would struggle to obtain the requisite work-permit in a post-Brexit era, although it seems those fears may have been misplaced. 

“The club made a choice to prioritize Klaesson in order to sell him on, and now it seems that it will become a reality,” added Haug. 

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