Real Sociedad president distances club from move for Manchester United’s Adnan Januzaj

Adnan Januzaj (low qual)

David Moyes has not asked Real Sociedad to sign Adnan Januzaj in January, according to club president Jokin Aperribay.

Januzaj has been something of a bit-part player since Louis van Gaal’s appointment at Manchester United.

Having enjoyed an incredible breakthrough season last year, the Belgian prospect was one of the few highlights of David Moyes’s unsuccessful reign in charge at Old Trafford. But, despite making 35 appearances across all competitions last season, the 19-year-old has just 10 games to his name this term, and he has looked a shadow of his former self when taking to the field.

Whether knocked by van Gaal’s underuse of him, or just suffering from poor form, the five-capped international has been linked with a January move away from Old Trafford, with Ajax interested in taking the young winger on loan.

The other club said to be favourites for his signature are Real Sociedad, now managed by the man who broke Januzaj into the United first-team - Moyes. Having been appointed head coach at Anoeta on November 10, Moyes has overseen five La Liga games which have brought a return of one victory, three draws and one loss. He will likely be looking at strengthening his relegation struggling side in January - with a top half finish expected prior to the start of the season for La Real - but a move for Januzaj has not been discussed by the Scottish manager.

As confirmed by club president Jokin Aperribay, Moyes has yet to outline whether he will be signing anyone in January, and has made no official requests for any particular player - conflicting with a number of reports circulating at this moment in time.

“There have not been direct requests,” Aperribay told El Diario Vasco. “ He has not decided whether we will bring someone in, and not in what positions.

“The club has not been approached to sign anyone [by Moyes].”

While this report does not deny that a move may be made for Januzaj over the transfer window, it certainly refutes the current rumours of interest in the youngster, and it remains to be seen whether any formalised offer is submitted to Manchester United in January.

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