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Manchester United starlet Adnan Januzaj has decided to commit his international future to Belgium ahead of the World Cup in Brazil this summer.
The Red Devils youngster’s future on the international scene has been the cause of speculation for some time, with the midfielder eligible for numerous nations including England, Kosovo and Albania.
However Belgium have won the race to secure Januzaj’s services, with the 19-year-old being born in Brussels and playing in the same academy group as internationals Marouane Fellaini and Romelu Lukaku.
There are no guarantees Januzaj will be selected for Belgium’s World Cup party though and competition for places will be tough in manager Marc Wilmots’ squad, with the nation boasting a strong side going into the tournament.
Januzaj’s agent Dick de Vriese has played down talk of the World Cup but there is still a hope for the United star.
He said: “Adnan didn’t talk to Wilmots before he took the decision.
“He doesn’t have any guarantees on a place in a World Cup squad. He only let the manager know he can select him from now on.
“Adnan has followed the track we had in mind: first his place in the squad of Manchester United, than we would see. Belgium was the most logical choice.
“He was born in Brussels, studied over here, has friends in Belgium and was in the same players’ group with Fellaini and Lukaku but they didn’t influence him either.”
Belgium are 15.00 to win the World Cup, while hosts Brazil are 3.70 to take the title.