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Adnan Januzaj signs five-year contract with Manchester United

Oct 19, 2013, 7:30 AM EDT

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The speculation is over and Manchester United have nailed down their man. Adnan Januzaj, just 18 years old, has signed a new contract with the club, keeping him at Old Trafford until 2018.

After scoring twice against Sunderland last time out, thus rescuing his side from an embarrassing defeat to the bottom-dwelling Black Cats, the future of Belgium-born Januzaj has been up in the air. Which of the five (or six) countries that he’s eligible to represent would be decide to play for? And, perhaps more importantly, would Januzaj be allowed to slip away from United in the same manner as Paul Pogba? Well, his patriotic allegiances are still up in the air, but one thing’s for certain: no club will be able to swoop in to claim Januzaj without paying adequate compensation. Sorry, Juventus.

Manager David Moyes is thrilled that Januzaj has put pen to paper, saying, “I’m delighted that Adnan has committed his future to United. He is an outstanding talent and has impressed me consistently since I came to United in July. His balance, poise and ability to beat players is truly exceptional for a boy of his age. It’s great that he recognises 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.”

The young winger seems pleased with his decision as well, telling the club’s official website that “It’s a great thrill to be able to sign for Manchester United. Since arriving here I have always felt like this was the right club for me.”

  1. dfstell - Oct 19, 2013 at 7:42 AM

    So glad to hear this news. Seeing the way things were playing out in the media made me a little nervous. I mean, I figured some of it was just the two sides doing little bits of posturing to increase their leverage, but still.

    I know one of the hold-ups supposedly was some sort of 100K pound sign-on fee and that just seemed a no-brainer. You just pay it…..especially if there is an agent or handler who can get about that amount by forcing a move to another club. You may not like agents, but you can’t let distaste with agents get in the way of doing a nice deal for an exciting player.

    I mean…..if this kid was playing at Juventus and was under contracts with them and United wanted to buy him, they’d be paying the same amount in salary/wages and also probably a 10-15MM pound transfer fee.

    You’re almost always better off resigning your own good players.

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