Some common sense on the Januzaj to Manchester City rumours

Adnan Januzaj (low qual)

Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj is being linked with a switch to Manchester City.

The 18-year-old Belgian star came off the bench for a 20 minute cameo at the weekend against Crystal Palace and gave us all just a tiny glimpse of the skills and flair he’s capable of.

That’s created massive buzz and excitement within several Manchester United supporters circles which has been halted by rumours suggesting Manchester City are looking to snap the teenager up at the end of the season.

His contract does expire next summer but there are plenty of reasons why he won’t be going anywhere beyond the fact this rumour has conveniently popped up shortly before the Manchester derby this weekend.

Any right minded young player at the moment will not see Manchester City as the ideal place to go and play football.

City don’t appear to be a side that are willing to take the risk of putting unproven and inexperienced younger players into their first team because of the pressure they are under to win silverware.

Scott Sinclair is the perfect example. A player who went to City from Swansea, a player who plays a similar position to Januzaj and a player who hasn’t exactly been given a fair run of the green at the Etihad Stadium.

That’s a very important factor considering Januzaj is growing up in one of the greatest generations of Belgian players there has ever been.

It’s arguably more difficult for a young Belgian player like him to break through the youth ranks of the national team to win a senior cap, especially if he’s not making many first team appearances for his club side.

There were also reports lingering around at the start of the summer that Spanish champions Barcelona were taking a look at him.

If they couldn’t do a deal for him to move to the Nou Camp with one-year left on his contract at the time, it makes it very difficult to understand why United would just let his contract wind down to see him go to City.

It’s a no brainer. Moyes wants to keep him and he’s expressed no desire to leave United. All that United fans should expect is a big five-year contract at some point in the very near future before the euphoria of the winter transfer window kicks in.

There are certainly other players in the United squad who would be allowed to move on long before Moyes is ready to let Januzaj slip from his grasp.

What do you think?

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