Leeds United were interested in a summer swoop for star Club Brugge winger Noa Lang, and his agent has opened up on his decision to stay in Belgium.
Plenty of players from far and wide were linked with moves to Leeds over the summer – some much stronger linked than others.
The Whites ended with sourcing three senior signings in the end, with Dan James arriving to solve the winger predicament on deadline day.
Throughout the summer, Leeds also cast their eye on former Ajax academy product (alongside Pascal Struijk), Noa Lang.
The winger had been starring on loan for Club Brugge before agreeing to make his stay there permanent.
His goal scoring exploits led his new side to the Belgian league title in 2020/21 and he looks a great talent for the future.
Lang’s stock has continued to rise at the start of this season, and he produced another strong performance in the Champions League as Club Brugge fought back to draw 1-1 with PSG.
Indeed, Whoscored.com have given Lang a 7.07 rating, higher than Lionel Messi, who couldn’t bring home three points on his European debut for PSG.
His agent, Bart Baving, has now come out to reveal the player’s stance on what could have been a big-money Premier League move in the summer (via Belgian outlet Het Laaste Nieuws):
Towards the end (of the transfer window), there was concrete interest from several clubs.
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.
Lang would have been a solid addition to our side, it as reported by Phil Hay, Bielsa’s concerns over his work rate make it an iffy one.
He’s got incredible talent and goal scoring ability in his locker, but James is a better fit in my opinion.
He’s more versatile, used to the league, and is clearly willing to play for us.
This isn’t to say Lang wouldn’t have done well if he moved here, but it just seems like it wasn’t ever one we were fully sold on.
Plus, it’s no shock he’s chose to stay there where he can play Champions League football and put in more top performances.