Usually the transfer sagas are reserved for the summer months but the impressive display of skill by Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj brought forth a situation without precedent.
For some, the hype surrounding this promising young player can seem a bit exaggerated. After all, he made one really good game, nothing more, right? What if it were nothing more than a fluke?
A close look at his career up to this moment shows otherwise. Every single coach in his life praises Januzaj’s technical skills, with Alex Ferguson making no exception.
In his last match at the helm of United, Sir Alex named Januzaj as part of the squad. Even though Adnan didn’t appear on the pitch last season, this is a clear indicator of the qualities this youngster has.
So far this season he certainly hasn't disappointed.
The big question is - which national team will acquire one of the most promising talents in Europe?
His parents are from Kosovo but the country has no internationally recognised federation. Because of the complicated political situation surrounding Kosovo and its independence, Januzaj is eligible to play for Serbia.
Given the Albanian descent of his family though, Adnan can become a part of the Albanian national team without any problem. What's more, his grandparents come from Turkey, which opens up yet another possibility for the youngster’s future.
Roy Hodgson also expressed interest in the United player but the FIFA regulations would most likely hamper any further development.
The truth is that, despite joining Manchester United two years ago, Januzaj has to spend at least five years in England after turning 18 in order to become eligible for the national team.
In other words, he must wait until 2018 to play for the Three Lions.
Januzaj was born in Belgium and nurtured at the Anderlecht youth. The Red Dynamite definitely seems the most logical choice for Januzaj, especially with their all-but-secured place in the World Cup finals in Brazil.
And the squad, managed by Marc Wilmots, is bustling with talent. The team rely heavily on young players, giving them chance to develop and shine at the highest level – the dream of any up-and-coming star.
In fact, this could have been a sealed deal by now had Januzaj played for any of the under-18 formations of the country. Invitations were sent time and again but the youngster, advised by his father, turned them all down.
Wilmots called the player for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers but the answer the manager of Belgium received was not conclusive; Januzaj has not decided yet for which side he will play.
Rumour has it that, despite all logic, Januzaj will choose the country of his parents, showing that blood runs thicker than potential glories.
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