Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj has dropped a hint that he has no intention of leaving Old Trafford in the summer, despite ongoing transfer speculation, as he revealed he wants to work with Louis van Gaal for a long-time.
The Belgium winger’s future has come under increasing scrutiny this season, as he’s dropped in and out of Van Gaal’s first-team. Having become a lynchpin under David Moyes it was expected that he would continue to grow after Van Gaal’s appointment, but the opportunities dried up following the arrivals of Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao.
Working under Van Gaal
Yet as the season has progressed Januzaj has been handed more chances to prove himself, and in an interview regarding his future - brought to our attention via 101 Great Goals - the the youngster made a statement that dispels the myth his days at Old Trafford are numbered.
“It’s a different formation, a few things have changed, but I’m really happy to work under him and hopefully I’ll be working with him for a long time," Januzaj said.
"It’s a different formation, a few things have changed, but I’m really happy to work under him and hopefully I’ll be working with him for a long time"
“He asked me to do the best for the team so that’s what I’m trying to do and obviously help the team.”
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The news directly counteracts the idea that he would be offloaded by Van Gaal this summer, with recent reports sensationally suggesting that he could be put forward as part of a proposal to land either Paris Saint-Germain’s Marquinhos or Everton ace Seamus Coleman.
With United having an abundance of attacking options the departure of Januzaj might not be too sorely missed in the short-term, though that doesn’t mean the effects wouldn’t be felt in the future.
Watch Januzaj's interview
The case of Paul Pogba still stings fans of the Red Devils to this day, with United having failed to capitalise on his undoubted potential and Juventus now reaping the rewards. Supporters would certainly be wary of the fact that allowing Januzaj to leave could leave them open to a similar scenario, and with there sure to be a host of suitors queueing up for the 20-year-old’s signature, Van Gaal will have to treat the situation with respect.
Of course Januzaj isn’t the only United player staring down the barrel of a potentially uncertain future, with word on the grapevine being that the club are gearing up for a host of new arrivals at the end of the season.
A plethora of big names including the likes of Mats Hummels, Marco Reus, Benedikt Howedes, and Kevin Strootman have been linked with Old Trafford moves, and to make room for them certain individuals will have to depart.