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Head coach Marc Wilmots says Adnan Januzaj will play for Belgium

Apr 23, 2014, 12:52 PM EDT

For those who don’t speak French, we’ll save you the trouble of finding a translator: Manchester United teenage prospect Adnan Januzaj is pledging his future to Belgium.

Could he have swayed the youngster with the promise of a World Cup spot? Now that Christian Benteke is injured, perhaps that was a part of the negotiations (though we’re simply speculating).

Previous reports had speculated that England was the front-runner to land the sought-after international.

Here’s the Tweet from Belgium manager Marc Wilmots, who is thrilled:

And so is Belgium:

The 19-year-old Januzaj has played in 33 matches across all competitions for United this year, scoring four goals and adding four assists.

And seemingly every nation anywhere near his family tree has been creeping on the kid, begging for his signature. There was Turkey. And Croatia. And England (?!?). And Kosovo, where Januzaj’s parents fled from before giving birth to Adnan in Belgium.

Plus the stories that Wilmots had ticked off Januzaj’s dad. Maybe anger promotes respect?

  1. bostonredsoccer - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    I hope they didn’t recruit him… because no big squad should ever “recruit” players. :)

    • premadonna - Apr 23, 2014 at 3:52 PM

      He was born and raised in Belgium, nothing wrong with “recruiting” a player like that.

      • bostonredsoccer - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:12 AM

        I’m making fun of those who say the US shouldn’t be “recruiting” players like Julian Green or that players should never have to be persuaded to join a national team.

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