Albania keen on tempting Januzaj away from England

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Albania remain hopeful Manchester United starlet Adnan Januzaj will commit his international future to Gianni De Biasi's side. 

The 18-year-old attacking midfielder, who signed a new £60,000 long-term deal at Old Trafford on Saturday, is yet to decide on who he will represent on the international stage.

Albania, Belgium and England are said to be in the race to convince Januzaj into representing their national teams.

Januzaj was born in Belgium to Kosovan-Albanian parents and he could play for England once he has spent five years with Manchester United.

Belgium national team coach Marc Wilmots saw his approach to Januzaj knocked back and Kosovo do not have a recognised international side, leaving Albania favourites to snap up the starlet.

Januzaj said his father will decide who he represents on the international stage but it is not yet known when a decision will be made.

A spokesperson for the Albanian Football Association said on Januzaj: “We are ready to accept anything just to have the young, talented Januzaj become part of our national team, so he can contribute for the future of the Albanian football.

“We want to openly say that, as we did with other players already playing for the national team, we will continue our job with no hesitation or any influence on us, in order to have Adnan Januzaj wear the black and red shirt, so he can honour himself, his family and the flag of his heritage.”

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