Manchester United starlet Januzaj in England sights after Kosovo rejection ... for now

Manchester United starlet Adnan Januzaj has rejected a call to play for Kosovo in March ... but he could play for them one day.

Adnan Januzaj is probably wanted by most club managers around the globe. That is the nature of football, you see a talented player elsewhere and you want him to play for you. It is what saw Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus linked with him before he signed a new deal at Old Trafford last year.

In club football you can act on that envy by bidding for players and trying your utmost to snap them up.

When it comes to international football that situation is rare.

When it is it usually involves two nations asking a player to decide where his loyalties lie.

Prominent examples include Diego Costa, Deco and Patrick Vieira - while Serge Gnabry rejected Ivory Coast this week to commit his future to Germany… but rarely is it more than two.

Occasionally you get the odd three pronged battle but that is usually as bad as it gets.

For Adnan Januzaj however it is a whopping SIX countries who are attempting to convince him to play international football for them.

Januzaj has clearly always known this decision was coming - so has not clouded the water in anyway, refusing to play for the Belgian and Albanian youth teams in the past.

Belgium, Albania, Serbia, Turkey and of course England are all snooping around his services - with the former and latter having the advantage of a potential World Cup selection in their favour for this summer.

The other nation is however Kosovo.

Yet to be ratified as independent by the UN the state has its own international league - but it’s FA is not yet recognised officially by FIFA.

With that in mind his father Abedin has made it clear he will not play for Kosovo in their friendly against Haiti on March 5th:

“I was born there and I would like my son to play for the national team of my country, but the matter is delicate, because the Kosovo FA is not yet a member of FIFA. Maybe one day Adnan will play for Kosovo, but for now, this will not happen. And we have a lot of time to think about everything."

In truth Januzaj could play for Kosovo in March, and it would have no effect on his future - but his apparent desire to play for Kosovo would seemingly rule out featuring for Serbia - and even perhaps Albania.

However, if he was to play for, let’s pray, woops I mean say, England - if Kosovo ever did become a FIFA nation he would be able to change his representation should he wished - similar to what happened when Montenegro went independent in 2006.

So for now it is Koso-No from Januzaj - but that might just be a matter of time.

The question is, who does he play for until that day comes?

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