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Januzaj Distances Himself from Belgium
Daily Mirror, October 17th, 2013 3:12PM

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The international future of Manchester United wonder-kid Adnan Januzaj continues to be clouded by uncertainty, but it looks increasingly likely that the 18-year-old will forego the opportunity to join Belgium, one of four countries he could realistically qualify for. Januzaj was born in Brussels to Kosovan and Albanian parents. While Kosovo is not recognized as a nation by FIFA, the youngster could play for Serbia, Albania, Belgium or even England, provided he remains in the country for another three years.

However, for the time being, both Januzaj and his father Abedin have distanced themselves from the possibility of Belgium, a move that seems to have angered coach Marc Wilmots, who told Belgian TV:  "It is impossible to negotiate with me. There will be no bargaining. He wants to play for Belgium? Show me. If I need you, I will call you. But I make no promises."

Wilmots’ comments prompted Abedin Januzaj to respond, which he did on Wednesday: "We have never asked to play for a national team. So how can we be suspected of blackmail? First of all, I want my son to have his place in his club team. The Belgian FA is trying to convince us with texts and faxes but that has no sense. We have to wait. We are not desperate to play for Belgium."

Meanwhile, sources close to the family tell the Daily Mail that at the moment, Januzaj’s preferred international destination is England, but the big hold up is the requirement that he stay in the country for three more years before FIFA would consider him eligible to play for England.

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