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Januzaj rejects Belgium approach

7 October 2013 23:34

Marc Wilmots has revealed that Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj has rejected an approach to play for Belgium.

Januzaj has made three Premier League appearances for Manchester United this season, but announced himself on Saturday with both goals in the club's 2-1 win over Sunderland.

The second strike – a fine left-foot volley – had pundits purring and has led to speculation over his future at national team level, with the 18-year-old eligible to play for Belgium, Turkey, Albania and Serbia.

The midfielder, who was born in Brussels, has also had England officials trying to determine whether he is eligible to play for the country, with manager Roy Hodgson revealing he was keeping tabs on the youngster, who is out of contract at the end of this season.

Januzaj - who Manchester United are desperately trying to secure to a long-term deal - is currently ineligible to play for England under the terms of the home nations agreement.

Wilmots revealed that Belgium had made a play for Januzaj's services ahead of their upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Croatia and Wales, but that he was yet to make a decision.

Wilmots said: "Manchester United told me that Januzaj has not made a decision to play for a national team yet, not for any country.

"We gave a clear signal (that we want him to play for Belgium) and now it's up to him. I will respect his choice."

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