Marouane Fellaini could influence Adnan Januzaj’s future more than most

by Sam Peoples

Adnan Januzaj is yet to decide whether he will play his international football for Belgium or Kosovo but new signing Marouane Fellaini could play a part in helping him decide.

The 18-year-old’s dual Belgian and Kosovan nationality means that he can play for both countries although he has so far turned down every opportunity he has been given to play for Belgium’s youth teams.

His rise to prominence over the last 12 months has alerted Belgium boss Marc Wilmots. Speaking to Sport.be, Wilmots revealed he hasn’t spoke to Januzaj about the possibility of senior football with Belgium.

“I will soon do it and it is up to him to decide,” he said.

“Januzaj has never played for the Rode Duivels. Not even for the youth teams. He has always refused.”

Belgium international Fellaini will now train and play alongside Januzaj but Wilmots does not believe it is his job to influence the youngster. He added: “I do not ask Marouane to influence him. That is absolutely not his job.”

It may not be Fellaini’s job but that is not to say that he would not do so. He will certainly drop some hints in his ear and tell him that Belgium is the right move for him.

When asked about his international future last year, Januzaj has said he wished to concentrate on his immediate future at United before thinking about what country he would like to play for.

His father is reportedly keen on him playing for Kosovo but career wise, playing in one of the most promising Belgium teams to have ever existed is surely an exciting prospect.

With the likes of Hazard, De Bruyne, Kompany, Dembele, Witsel and Courtois, Belgium are expected to be a real force in world football over the next ten years. Januzaj could be a part of that.

However, there is a more pressing issue with Januzaj in that he is yet to sign a new contract with United so let’s hope he signs that first before thinking about his international career.

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