Belgium boss Marc Wilmots says he respects Adnan Januzaj‘s decision to concentrate on his club football with Manchester United and will not push him to make a decision on his international future.
The 18-year-old’s representatives made it clear from the very start that Januzaj would not make a decision on who he would play international football at least until he he was settled at the club he signed a new deal with.
Since he signed a long term deal at United, Januzaj has been a revelation and already looks like a seasoned veteran with his poise on the pitch not representative of his age.
Despite that, it seems Januzaj wants a little bit more time to become fully settled before he makes a choice on his international future.
“Adnan wants to focus on Manchester United and nothing has changed on this level,” he said.
“There is no problem. I respect that choice.”
Januzaj has made it clear that it will ultimately be a decision that is up to his father whom he looks to for advice on decisions and it is still unknown who he will play for.
Belgium and Albania seem the most likely two choices but he is also eligible for other countries including Kosovo due to family ties.
From a playing point of view, moving to Belgium is his best opportunity at top class international football at the biggest tournaments but Januzaj is very loyal to his family, so will simply play where his father wants him to which, so far, looks like Albania.