Decision made! Manchester United starlet Januzaj chooses Belgium

Adnan Januzaj (low qual)

The talk can now stop, as Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj has chosen to represent Belgium, according to manager Marc Wilmots.

Januzaj, 19, burst onto the scene this season with a brace in his first league start for United, giving the Red Devils a 2-1 win against Sunderland early in the campaign. His progression from youth team sensation to first team saviour at times has been rapid, and it's something that United fans should actually thank David Moyes for.

The world is at Januzaj's feet, but one of the stories hanging over his head has been his international allegiance. Eligible to represent Belgium through birth, Albania through family heritage and now Kosovo, since they were able to form their own team. At such a young age, Januzaj has been concentrating on his domestic football, but the competition for his services has been fierce so far.

Belgium offered Januzaj a call-up to the World Cup qualifiers back in October, but the United starlet shunned the chance to represent Wilmots' side, saying he was still unsure. Meanwhile, Januzaj's friend Jonathan Kindermans stated earlier this season that Januzaj would rather represent Albania than Belgium, with Kosovo seemingly third choice as they are unable to play competitive matches.

The situation has been rumbling on for months, but it seems we finally have a conclusion - with Belgium boss Wilmots taking to Twitter to confirm that Januzaj has committed his future to Belgium, making himself instantly available for the World Cup in Brazil this summer.


Translation: I received official confirmation that Adnan Januzaj will represent the Belgian national team for the rest of his career! This is good news and I am delighted that such a talented player is selectable for Belgium!

With Christian Benteke out of the tournament, this news serves as a huge boost to Wilmots and Belgium. Everton's Kevin Mirallas can also play up front, which could open up a spot on the wing - but based on the last Belgium squad, Januzaj will have to be chosen ahead of Tottenham's Nacer Chadli if he is to make it to Brazil this summer.

But whether he plays this summer or not, Januzaj's decision makes Belgium all the more dangerous in years to come, with the likes of Zakaria Bakkali and Michy Batshuayi already tipped for future stardom.

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