Marc Wilmots has confirmed that Adnan Januzaj rejected a call-up to the senior Belgium squad today because he hasn’t yet made his mind up where he wants to play his international football.
It is a well known fact that the 18-year-old is eligible to represent Belgium as well as a host of other countries including Albania, Croatia and Montenegro.
Instead of accepting Wilmots’ call-up, Manchester United informed Wilmots that Januzaj does not want to be rushed into any decision.
“I called Januzaj up after Kompany’s injury,” Wilmots told a press conference this afternoon.
“Manchester United told me that the player doesn’t want to chose a national team right now. No country.
“But I think I’ve given Adnan a clear signal. It’s up to him now.
“Just like Bakkali, Januzaj is a young, very promising player. I wanted to integrate him, without forcing him.
“I respect his choice and I plan on having a discussion with him and his entourage soon.”
Reports suggested that Wilmots was considering including Januzaj in his 2014 World Cup plans and it looks like that may be the case after today but fair play to Januzaj for not rushing into a decision that will shape his career, even though the lure of an up and coming Belgium squad must be very tempting.