Belgium-born winger Adnan Januzaj signed a new five-year
contract at Manchester United on Saturday, tying one of the Premier
League’s most precocious talents to the champions until 2018.
The 18-year-old Januzaj has made his breakthrough at United this
season, including scoring twice in a 2-1 win over Sunderland before
the recent international break. His performances have sparked a
debate about where his international future lies.
”He is an outstanding talent,” United manager David Moyes
said. ”His balance, poise and ability to beat players is truly
exceptional for a boy of his age. It’s great that he recognizes
that this club, with its tradition for developing young players and
giving them a chance on the biggest stage, is the best place for
him to be.”
Because of his parents’ heritage, Januzaj is eligible to
represent Serbia, Albania and Turkey, as well as Kosovo, which is
not yet recognized by FIFA, and Belgium.
The English Football Association is also looking into whether
Januzaj could play for England, although he would only be eligible
in 2018 on residency grounds provided he hasn’t played for a senior
national team in a competitive fixture by then.
He has so far declined to play for Belgium.
”It’s a great thrill to be able to sign for Manchester
United,” said Januzaj, who joined the club in 2011. ”Since
arriving here, I have always felt like this was the right club for
”This season has been great for me – going on the pre-season
tour, making my debut in the Community Shield win at Wembley and
then breaking into the team at Sunderland. It’s like a dream.
”I want to work hard now and establish myself as a Manchester