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Head coach Marc Wilmots says Adnan Januzaj will play for Belgium


For those who don’t speak French, we’ll save you the trouble of finding a translator: Manchester United teenage prospect Adnan Januzaj is pledging his future to Belgium.

Could he have swayed the youngster with the promise of a World Cup spot? Now that Christian Benteke is injured, perhaps that was a part of the negotiations (though we’re simply speculating).

Previous reports had speculated that England was the front-runner to land the sought-after international.

Here’s the Tweet from Belgium manager Marc Wilmots, who is thrilled:

J’ai reçu la confirmation officielle qu’Adnan Januzaj se met à disposition de l’équipe nationale belge pour la suite de sa carrière!

— Marc Wilmots (@WilmotsMarc) April 23, 2014

And so is Belgium:

Official: Adnan Januzaj is available for @wilmotsmarc and the Belgian National Team. Welcome to the family! #onefamily

— BelgianRedDevils (@BelRedDevils) April 23, 2014

The 19-year-old Januzaj has played in 33 matches across all competitions for United this year, scoring four goals and adding four assists.

And seemingly every nation anywhere near his family tree has been creeping on the kid, begging for his signature. There was Turkey. And Croatia. And England (?!?). And Kosovo, where Januzaj’s parents fled from before giving birth to Adnan in Belgium.

Plus the stories that Wilmots had ticked off Januzaj’s dad. Maybe anger promotes respect?

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