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Club Brugge star Noa Lang has all-but ruled out a move to Leeds United, telling De Telegraaf that he is desperate to play Champions League football this season. 

Leeds might have made remarkable progress since the game-changing appointment of Marcelo Bielsa – going from the bottom half of the Championship to the top half of the Premier League in just three years – but a return to the European elite remains little more than a pipe dream for the time being. 

And the ambitious, self-confident Lang is not going to give up on the chance to test himself against the best players and the best clubs on the continent, with Club Brugge in the pot for this evening’s Champions League draw. 

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“Manchester City is just a very good team under Pep Guardiola. They play very good football and it would be a very nice challenge,” Lang said, running through the teams he would love to play against in this season’s Group Stage.  

“(If we are drawn against PSG) Then you can play against Neymar, (Lionel) Messi, (Kylian) Mbappe, (Angel) Di Maria, (Marco) Verratti, (Sergio) Ramos… do I have to continue?

“It’s more fun when you play against very good opponents, then you know whether you can measure yourself against them. Of course, it is difficult to qualify but it is Champions League, nothing is easy. 

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“It doesn’t change my goal to spend the winter in the Champions League.” 

Is a move to Leeds on the backburner for Noa Lang?

According to Voetbal Belgie, former Ajax starlet Lang has already agreed personal terms with Leeds.  

But just because a potential £25 million move to Elland Road appears to have been placed on the backburner for now – Leeds are prioritising a disciplined number six than a string-pulling number ten this month – that does not mean Lang will not end up in West Yorkshire eventually. 

For the time being, though, Lang wants to test his mettle against the Citys and the PSGs of the world before moving on.

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