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Leeds United are closing in on a deal for Noa Lang after the £20 million Club Brugge talisman agreed personal terms with the Premier League outfit, as reported by Voetbal Belgie. 

When you consider that Marcelo Bielsa is arguably the most demanding coach in English football, it certainly seems a little strange that two of the most expensive attackers to be linked with a summer move to Elland Road have faced regular questions about their commitment and work-ethic. 

Hertha Berlin boss Pal Dardai lambasted Matheus Cunha following their 3-1 Bundesliga defeat to Cologne on the opening weekend, accusing the Olympic Gold medalist of failing to do his defensive duties.  

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Dutch U21 international Lang, meanwhile, was dumped by Ajax due to concerns about his attitude.

Mercurial yet maddening, Lang is not the sort of player who tends to follow tactical instructions to the letter. 

“It is super important to Noa that you are open and honest with him and then you get that back from him. That also means being firm and clear. He is eager and wants to learn but, even more than with others, the basis for him must be that there is trust,” Club Brugge boss Philippe Clement said of the high-maintenance play-maker.

“If he feels he has that … then he gives back the best of himself. If not, he will build a wall. 

“Noa needs a little more attention than some of the others. He is one of the players to whom I explain a lot. On the one hand because of his sensitivity, on the other because he is very impulsive.” 

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A coach like Bielsa working with a player like Lang? That certainly feels like the recipe for a rather explosive cocktail. 

The Dutchman’s swaggering bravado does not appear to have put Leeds off, however, with Voetbal Belgie reporting that personal terms between the two parties have been agreed already.  

It remains to be seen, however, if Leeds are willing to pay the £20 million required for a man who fired Club Brugge to the Jupiler League title with 17 goals and 11 assists last season. 

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