Moyes urges wonderkid to reject Juventus and stay at Manchester United

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Adnan Januzaj has a decision to make over his long-term future, and the Old Trafford boss has implored the teenager to stay with the Premier League champions.

David Moyes has publicly stated that Adnan Januzaj is a player that he considers part of his long-term plans, and has urged the teenager to sign a new contract at Manchester United.

The 18-year-old has been promoted to the Premier League champions’ first-team squad this term and could well make his fourth appearance for the club against West Brom at Old Trafford today.

However, the Belgian-born winger’s future is still very much up in the air due to not signing a protracted senior contract. Juventus have been accredited with an interest in the attacker, but Moyes has stated that he sees Januzaj staying with United.

“Adnan is keen to stay, but he has some influences round him,” the Scottish manager said.

“We really think an awful lot of him, he is a Manchester United player and I am sure he will [continue to] be.

"We think this is the best place for producing and giving young players an opportunity. We think we do it better than anybody.

"I do it, maybe not as well as my predecessor, but at Everton we always put young players in the team when we thought the time was right. It is what we want.

“It is part of my remit to promote young players and Adnan has been promoted already. The next part is to become a regular first-team player.”

United’s legendary youth system has produced some of the best British footballers of a generation in the form of Ryan Giggs, David Beckham and Paul Scholes, but in recent times the club has struggled to hold onto its young stars.

This was epitomised by Paul Pogba’s decision to spurn a contract offer from the Old Trafford club and move to Juventus last summer. The young French midfielder played a significant role in the Bianconeri retaining their Serie A crown last term, and is now a first-team regular in Antonio Conte’s side.

Losing Pogba was a bitter pill to swallow, especially given the fact that United had lined him up as a long-term replacement for the retiring Scholes. However, with the former Le Harve youth player not getting the required time on the pitch with the senior side, he opted for a move to Turin rather than to stay in Manchester.

Januzaj’s situation is similar in that he must decide where he feels his development will be best suited. At United it is clear that he has the potential to become a regular first-team player, especially given the indifferent form of the club’s more senior wingers over the last 12 months.

Tying Januzaj down to a new contract should be high in Moyes’ priorities, as losing another young superstar would be a real blow to a club with a reputation of producing and keeping world-beaters.

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