Manchester United’s wonder kid, Adnan Januzaj has turned down the chance to commit his international future to Belgium as he wanted more time to consider his international future. Belgium manager Marc Wilmots made his first official move to win the battle for Januzaj’s services when he named him in his squad for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Croatia and Wales.
But, Januzaj who is subjected to multiple offers to represent several countries, including Belgium and England has asked Old Trafford officials to convey the message to Wilmots. Januzaj was born in Brussels, so it’s no wonder that Belgium want him to be part of their golden generation. His father is, however, an Albanian while his mother hailed from Kosovo, in addition to having grand- parents from Serbia and Turkey. But that does not stop England coach, Roy Hodgson to express his desire to have the talented youngster as neutralised England player.
Adnan Januzaj For Belgium?
Media have tipped that Adnan Januzaj will join an already strong Belgium squad that has a good chance of lifting the World Cup in Rio next season but so far the youngster has resisted such temptation and concentrates on building his career with Manchester United. Januzaj’s family fled war-torn Kosovo as refugees and have made no secret of their wish to see him represent their home country in an officially sanctioned international competition. However, the country is in dispute with Serbia over its status as an independent territory. FIFA allows Kosovo to play in international friendly matches, provided national symbols are not displayed. Thus, it will be interesting to see whether, when Kosovo is finally granted UEFA membership, he will pledge his international career with Kosovo?
Marc Wilmots was philosophical about being turned down but will seek discussions with Januzaj and his family and is likely to resume his efforts to talk him round to joining Belgium ahead of next summer’s World Cup finals. ‘I respect his stance. Every player has the right to make his own choice, and I will not attempt to make any sort of ultimatum to him. But I do intend meeting Adnan and his entourage to find out for myself exactly what their thoughts are. You cannot force a player to choose a country. It has to come from his heart.’ ‘Clearly, when you have a player of his technique and ability, the door to the national team always stays open.’
Whichever country that Januzaj choose, there is little doubt about the kid’s precious talents. Manchester United has been reported as to have offered Adnan Januzaj a staggering £60,000 a week to stay at Old Trafford after his match-winning display at the Stadium of Light. Barcelona and several other clubs are monitoring the contract negotation and ready to pounce should United fail to convince him to stay at Old Trafford beyond his current deal which is at the end of this season.
David Moyes is determined to keep Adnan Januzaj at Old Trafford. The lad has also impressed the senior players in the team including Wayne Rooney. ‘He’s very confident,’ Rooney said.
A lot of the young players who come through are a little bit timid and shy, but he looks comfortable and he’s confident in his own ability, which you need to be. He takes the ball, he runs at players and he’s got great ability. I think it’s great the manager has thrown him into the side, especially with what has happened in the last few games – Rooney On Januzaj
Januzaj is still 18 and is in no hurry to pick which country he should represent. But the boy will have to make a decison sooner or later. Will he go for glory and join the likes of Eden Hazard, Vincent Kompany, Christian Benteke, Marouane Fellaini and Romelu Lukaku in a powerful Belgium team or will he go for sentimental reason and choose Albania or Kosovo instead? What do you think?
– Adnan Januzaj : Pride Or Glory Dilemma