Mar 27, 2014, 1:25 PM EDT
Turkey is throwing its hat in the Adnan Januzaj ring to encourage the youngster to chose The Crescent-Stars as his team for international soccer.
Januzaj is currently available to play for five different national teams: Turkey, Albania, Belgium, Kosovo and Serbia. Soon a sixth nation, England, could be added to that list through his residency situation at Manchester United.
But credit to Turkey manager Fatih Terim, he won’t go down without a fight.
“If we don’t offer Januzaj the chance, we will be criticised for missing out,” Terim told NTV Spor.
“The Turkish Football Federation president, staff and myself have asked him to play for Turkey.
“His father is Turkish, his mother is Kosovan and Albania, England, Kosovo and Belgium all want him to represent their country.”
The Belgian-born winger burst onto the scene this season as a member of United. With a dizzying array of skills, quickness, awareness, agility and balance, the 19-year-old has recorded three goals and two assists in 22 Premier League appearances.
Januzaj and his Manchester United teammates take on Aston Villa Saturday at 8:00am ET on NBCSN.
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