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Noa Lang had no interest in leaving Club Brugge this summer despite reports linking him with Premier League giants Leeds United, agent Bart Baving has told Het Laaste Nieuws, translated by Voetbal Krant. 

A few days before the end of the transfer window, reports coming out of Belgium suggested the former Ajax winger had agreed personal terms ahead of a potential £25 million move to Elland Road. 

Cue plenty of excitement on the rolling hills of West Yorkshire.

Baving’s comments, however, only serve to cast serious doubt on the legitimacy of those claims. 

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Lang, as outspoken as he’s ambitious, has insisted on numerous occasions he can’t wait to play Champions League football this season – a stance backed up by his agent when asked how close the Netherlands U21 international came to leaving the Jupiler League before the 1 September transfer deadline. 

“Towards the end (of the transfer window), there was concrete interest from several clubs,” Baving says of Lang, who was linked with Celtic before firing Club Brugge to domestic glory with 17 goals and 11 assists during his debut season in the Belgian capital.  

“Noa didn’t want to swap this club for any team. And Club Brugge could no longer afford to get rid of Noa in the last few days of the transfer window.” 

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Leeds United had doubts about Noa Lang

According to The Athletic, Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa had reservations about Lang – a player who has often come under fire for his brazen self-confidence and tendency to rub people up the wrong way. Leeds snapped up long-time target Danny James from Manchester United on deadline day instead.

It’s worth remembering Lang was bombed out of Ajax by Erik ten Hag as recently as last year. There could certainly be no such concerns about James’ attitude.

“You saw that clubs were economical,” adds Baving, pointing out a sizeable asking price meant a summer departure for Lang was unlikely anyway.  

“With the amount Club Brugge had in mind for Noa, (an exit) became difficult.”  

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