Adnan Januzaj's agent has been forced to respond after Belgium's Under-21 coach Enzo Scifo accused the Manchester United youngster of having no motivation.
Scifo launched a scathing attack after the 20-year-old refused a call-up to his squad in favour of staying at Borussia Dortmund during the international break.
Unsurprisingly, Scifo was not happy with that decision and stated in an interview with Belgian website Walfoot that he believes Januzaj was in a "poor state of mind". The full quotes are below.
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"A 20-year-old player who gives this impression of non-motivation, it reflects a poor state of mind. I would normally speak to him, but I don’t have a good feeling about this. I’m not condemning him because he is young. He might react in six months, a year or two. I hope it won’t be too late for him.
"I dislike that a player is not motivated. The U21s aren’t a pub team! When you’re 20, you have to be humble enough to understand that on your own. You can’t ask your dad or your agent if it’s a good choice or not."
Dirk de Vriese, who represents Januzaj, attempted to explain his client's controversial decision, saying that his ongoing struggles at Borussia Dortmund made staying amongst Thomas Tuchel's squad an obvious choice.
He told Belgian newspaper La Derniere Heure:
"There is no question of a bad state of mind.
"Adnan focuses on his work and we plan the rest. Do not point the finger. [Borussia Dortmund] are doing well and is a real machine. The current Dortmund is one of the best teams in Europe.
"Remember that Adnan did not have pre-season with them. Dortmund have given him time to adapt and we must do the same."
Manchester United fans were surprised to see Januzaj leave for the Bundesliga on loan, but few have been missing him since the emergence of Jesse Lingard. The hope was obviously that Januzaj would be given more game time in a competitive league, but the fallen wonderkid has failed to impress in the Yellow and Black.
Januzaj has yet to start a Bundesliga game but has emerged off the bench on five occasions. However, he has sat idle on the bench in Dortmund's last two domestic games. With his career threatening to fall into obscurity, Januzaj's decision to reject a call-up to the Belgium Under-21s could be one he lives to regret.