Turkey coach Fatih Terim has confirmed that he asked Manchester United star Adnan Januzaj to make a shock decision over his international future recently, with the Turkish Football Federation making an official approach for the teenage prodigy.
Januzaj has burst on to the scene at Old Trafford this season, proving a consistent bright spot in a turbulent United campaign which has just a Champions League campaign as potential salvation.
The 19-year-old has featured 32 times for United this season, but is yet to make a decision over who to represent at international level as the clamour to secure his services shows no sign of slowing down.
Born in Belgium, Januzaj can also play for Kosovo, Albania and England thanks a varied heritage, with Turkey also revealed as a viable alternative by Terim.
The veteran former Galatasaray boss has shared that Turkey would be foolish not to offer Januzaj a place in their plans, as the starlet continues to turn down call-ups from Belgium at youth and senior level.
Terim is quoted by Turkish-Football.com as sharing: "The TFF president, staff and myself have been asked Januzaj to play for Turkey.
"His father is Turkish, his mother is Kosovan and Albania, England, Kosovo, Belgium all want him to represent their country.
"Now if we don't offer him the chance to represent us we will be criticised for missing out.
"We are working towards the possibility of Januzaj playing for Turkey, I mean if he decided he wants to play for us we have the right to play him."
Januzaj is not thought to have made any progress on a choice regarding which nation to represent, preferring to focus on becoming an established Premier League regular with United for the time being.
United boss David Moyes will hope continued speculation over a thorny issue does not distract one of Europe's most exciting talents, with room for growth at Old Trafford alongside an international career if he so chooses.