Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj is reportedly close to agreeing a fresh contract with the club, according to The Guardian’s Daniel Taylor after a fabulous year which has seen the promising midfielder’s stock rise exponentially.
Both Juventus and Barcelona have been linked to Januzaj and after United had their fingers burned in losing both Paul Pogba and Zeki Fryers for next to nothing last summer, David Moyes is keen to tie the 18-year-old to a long-term contract and appears to be acting decisively, warding off any interest from potential suitors.
Januzaj was pivotal in the U21s victory in the Barclays Premier League last season and he is highly thought of at Old Trafford. The young Belgian, who possesses a wand of a left foot, was set to be rewarded for a fabulous campaign with the reserves in the final game of the season and would have made his debut against West Brom before a defensive collapse forced the introduction of Rio Ferdinand late on.
But Januzaj was given his chance in the pre-season and the winger made a big impact, impressing with his neat dribbling and fantastic vision on numerous occasions as the first team warmed up for the 2013-14 season. He also managed to score his first goal for the senior side and was one of United’s brightest stars on the tour.
Moyes has shown plenty of faith in Januzaj so far and looks set to reward him with a new contract in light of his impressive progress in the past year.
A new contract is certainly a further step in the right direction and talks have reportedly already taken place with a deal apparently not far off. After the high-profile departures of several promising talents to come through the United academy, it’s good to see positive in-roads being made to secure the services of a genuinely exciting young footballer.