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Adnan Januzaj invited to play international friendly

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Kosovo have made the first move in the chase to secure the international allegiance of Manchester United starlet Adnan Januzaj - by inviting him to play in their first ever match.

Januzaj burst onto the scene at Old Trafford this season and has made a huge impression on Premier League spectators, with many commentators suggesting he is the most exciting young talent in the league.

New Manchester United manager David Moyes has struggled to get results in his first season succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson, but the emergence of the 19-year-old has been something of a silver lining.

Januzaj's impressive performances have been even more closely scrutinised because he is yet to decide which nation he wants to represent.

He was born in Brussels to Kosovan-Albanian parents, so is currently eligible for both Belgium and Kosovo, though he could eventually qualify for English citizenship and reports have suggested the England FA may be keen to get him to commit to the country he has been in for the past few years.

However, Kosovo are hoping to sway Januzaj by inviting him to take part in their first ever international match, yet still retain the possibility of choosing another nation eventually.

“We are in discussions with Adnan’s family and to have a player of his amazing talent play in our very first match would be hugely symbolic,” Eroll Salihu, the secretary general of the Football Federation of Kosovo, told the Daily Star.

“We feel he owes it to his people to take some part in the match, even if it is for just 15 minutes.

“I stress this is a symbolic gesture. By playing in this match we are not thinking he is making any commitment to us.

“It is a friendly and would not have an affect on him being able to play for another country in the future."

Kosovo's independence from Serbia has not been recognised by the United Nations, but FIFA ruled last month that they would be able to play a friendly match, which is set to take place next month against Haiti.

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