Belgium boss Marc Wilmots has expressed his desire to meet Adnan Januzaj after the starlet turned down a call-up to the national team.

The 18-year-old impressed during his first start in the Premier League, scoring both goals in Manchester United's 2-1 win against Sunderland last week.

Januzaj, whose parents left Kosovo for Belgium before he was born, can represent a number of different countries including Albania, Serbia, Kosovo and the Red Devils.

Wilmots was keen to call Januzaj up for his World Cup qualifying squad for matches against Croatia and Wales - but was told the player had not yet made a decision regarding his international future.

Wilmots was quoted in the Daily Mail saying: "This was the first time I have tried to include him in a squad, because I wanted to send him a clear message.

"Unfortunately, I had a very quick response from England, when Manchester United called me to say the player felt he was not ready to make a choice about his international future."

Following the Belgian's stand out performance's at the Stadium of Light last week, Januzaj has been linked to playing for England at international level.

Wilmots was keen to rule out any putting any pressure on Januzaj to make a decision regarding his international future.

"I respect his stance. Every player has the right to make his own choice, and I will not attempt to make any sort of ultimatum to him," said the Belgian boss.

"But I do intend meeting Adnan and his entourage to find out for myself exactly what their thoughts are. You cannot force a player to choose a country. It has to come from his heart.

"Clearly, when you have a player of his technique and ability, the door to the national team always stays open.

United will be keen to extend their new star's contract, as they remain fearful of losing the youngster like they did with Paul Pogba who chose to move to Juventus. 

Club teammate Phil Jones claims the Belgian will keep his head down despite the attention he is receiving and admits he was impressed with the youngster's second goal.

"He is a level-headed guy. He knows what he has to do. He has to keep his head down. He is going to hit the heights though because that was some debut," said the England international.

"The second goal was particularly impressive. If Gareth Bale gets one of those everyone is raving about it."

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