What does the future hold for Arsenal's very own Januzaj?

Gedion Zelalem

Gedion Zelalem can play international football for Germany, Ethiopia and potentially the USA.

This morning saw Manchester United confirm that the clubs hottest prospect Adnan Januzaj had signed a five-year deal with the club, with the teenager tying himself down to the club until 2018.

It was a coup for United in that Juventus were said to be sniffing around him, and his contract was due to expire next summer.

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But of course, it is not just club teams who want Januzaj to represent them next season.

After he performed superbly against Sunderland, including a match-winning brace, he went into the international break under a storm of international allegiance.

Born in Belgium to Albanian-Kosovan parents and also having family ties to both Croatia and Turkey he already had a difficult enough choice to make - before Roy Hodgson got involved.

It is now clear that England could reportedly call him up in 2015 on grounds of residency.

It is a confusing situation for us to understand, so imagine how difficult it is for Januzaj to decide who he wants to play for - with everyone under the sun asking him to play for them.

And his situation mirrors that of another young player, this one at Arsenal.

16-year-old central midfielder Gedion Zelalem has had a breakthrough year, featuring throughout pre-season for the club and being on the bench for the clubs opening game of the season.

Currently struggling with an injury, he has three options for his international allegiance.

Born in Germany, Zelalem lived in Washington DC from the ages of nine to 15 - and his father Woldyes is reportedly an American citizen . He has even trained with the American under-15 squad; however whether he has a US passport or not remains up for debate.

But he could play for Ethiopia. As you can probably guess from the name, Zelalem is not of German heritage.

Indeed his parents are Ethiopian, and with his nation trying in vain to qualify for the World Cup (Nigeria stand in their way) the country’s foreign minister Adhanom Tedros said on Zelalem’s Twitter account that he hoped the teen would play for the African nation.

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But at the moment, he is German. He has played for the German under-16 side and if it were not for his current injury he would have played for the under-17s by now.

Obviously there was always going to be a scramble for a young player compared to Cesc Fabregas - and who knows, give it a few years and England will probably try call him up.

Which nation do you feel suits Zelalem best?

image: © Kieran Clarke

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