Adnan Januzaj‘s father has reacted angrily to comments made by Belgium coach Marc Wilmots about the future of Januzaj in an interview with Rodrigo Beenkens, a Belgian journalist.
The 18-year-old’s representatives have been very clear that he will not make a decision on his international future until his club situation is sorted.
Despite that, Wilmots said that Belgium would not get caught up in the ‘blackmail of players like Januzaj’, which provoked a strong response from the Januzaj camp.
“I find this outrageous,” Januzaj’s father is quoted as saying in Voetbal Nieuws.
“We have never responded to selections, phone calls and faxes from the national team. They ask and not us.
“This has not made the decision really any easier to make. We are totally displeased with these bold statements.”
Belgium is convinced that Januzaj will choose to represent them after they secured a spot in the 2014 World Cup. Last week, Wilmots called Januzaj up to the senior squad but was once again rebuffed by the youngster who remains focused on securing his club future first.
They are underestimating the influence of his father who has always had his heart set on his son playing for Albania and these throwaway comments will have dampened their chances even more.
The fact that Januzaj is currently going through a European media storm regarding his international future is likely to be a major factor in the delay of any deal with Manchester United, but he is sticking to his guns that he will not be forced into a decision by anyone else which is a strong move from Januzaj’s representatives.
Credit to @Jens_Cuypers, our correspondent in Belgium