The sweepstakes to sign Adnan Januzaj can be considered done as the Belgian youngster has finally committed his future to Manchester United, signing a five-year deal with the Red Devils.
This move shouldn’t come as s surprise as the playmaker had recently declared that he was “very happy at Old Trafford” and that he “wasn’t looking to go anywhere, but just wanted to work out the little details of the new deal”.
Januzaj burst onto the world scene this season as he’s been one of the brightest appearances from the Manchester United academy in recent years. After tearing up the reserves last season, he was handled a squad number and David Moyes entrusted him with the playmaking duties due to the struggles of players like Ashley Young and Nani in the first games of the year.
The former Anderlecht star didn’t disappoint, scoring twice against Sunderland in what was his first match in the starting XI.
Januzaj’s new deal will now run through the end of the 2019 season and, as it was reported earlier, he will earn around £60,000 per week. This move would also allow him to keep himself in England until he’s 24, so he could become eligible to play for the Three Lions if he is still undecided by the time he turns 23.
This is definitively a good move made by Manchester United as they have avoided the repetition of what happened with Paul Pogba, who was never signed to a long-term deal and ended up signing with Juventus. Locking up Januzaj should give the Red Devils a confidence boost as the management are pointing out that they are still looking to contend year in and year out.