Marc Wilmots believes Adnan Januzaj could be the next Kevin De Bruyne

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Belgium head coach Marc Wilmots believes Adnan Januzaj’s season-long loan move to Borussia Dortmund will benefit the Manchester United winger.

Wilmots is optimistic that the move could see Januzaj flourish in the same way Kevin De Bruyne did following his transfer from Chelsea to Wolfsburg in 2014.

De Bruyne was offloaded by Chelsea for £18 million after failing to impress Jose Mourinho, but moved to Manchester City earlier this summer for £55 million after taking the Bundesliga by storm.


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Manchester United did not allow Borussia Dortmund to insert a clause for a permanent transfer in Januzaj’s loan deal, meaning the technically-gifted 20-year-old will return to Old Trafford next summer.

“For Kevin De Bruyne, the return to Wolfsburg from Chelsea was absolutely right. I am also convinced that Adnan’s decision to go on loan to BVB is exactly the right one,” Wilmots was quoted as saying by German newspaper Bild. “It will help him reach that next level. Januzaj can have a similar development to De Bruyne’s.”

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Van Gaal needs Januzaj to become consistent

Louis van Gaal surprised many Manchester United fans by allowing Januzaj to leave Old Trafford on loan, with the versatile Belgium international capable of playing on either flank, in the No. 10 position and, potentially, even as a centre-forward.

That it was Januzaj who scored the winning goal in the 1-0 away win over Aston Villa last month also seemed to indicate that he would be staying put.

But, in the end, Van Gaal felt it would benefit both Manchester United and the player to spend the current campaign at Signal Iduna Park, playing alongside the likes of former teammate Shinji Kagawa and Marco Reus, and working under the impressive Thomas Tuchel.

For Januzaj, it’s all about becoming a more consistent and effective player. Nobody can doubt his immense talent but, to scale the same heights as De Bruyne, the youngster must become more decisive in big matches.

Manchester United fans: do you believe Adnan Januzaj still has a future at Old Trafford? Have your say in the comments below!

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