Manchester United’s youngster Adnan Januzaj closest friend and former team-mate Jonathan Kindermans has revealed his pal has decided to choose between Albania or Belgium, saying “he could make history with Albania or Belgium”
The 18-year-old Belgian-Albanian was born in Belgium to Albanian parents, and could be eligible to play for England when he turns 23, with the English FA already snooping around and Adnan’s father affirming its possibility.
Meanwhile, the precocious rookie has been tight-lipped about his imminent national allegiance so far, leaving everyone who cares guessing.
Kindermans, played alongside Januzaj at Anderlecht, and he knows who his friend will choose, claiming he grew up idolising Lorik Cana, the first Albanian to play in the Premier League.
“We used to talk about the national teams,” Kindermans said.
“He was always talking about Cana. I would say, ‘but Belgium have Kompany and Fellaini’, and he would say, “yes, but Belgium are bad” we weren’t doing well at the time.
“The Albanian fans knew him from when he was 15 and now he scores two goals and the Belgium fans are suddenly taking notice.
“He could make history with Albania, lead them to a tournament, and they would talk about him in 50 years.
“Or with Belgium, he would pick them if he wants to be at big tournaments but he’s one of many great players in Belgium.”
When asked if he thinks Januzaj would choose to represent England, Kindermans added: “No, I don’t think he would play for them.”