Adnan Januzaj has signed a five-year contract with Manchester United which ties to him to the club until June 2018, the Premier League champions have announced.
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Adnan Januzaj has committed his future to Manchester United by signing a five-year contract that will see his wages rise from just £1,000 a week to £30,000.
There was huge relief at United after the 18-year-old, who is wanted by the Football Association to represent England once he has qualified through residency, ended months of negotiations by agreeing a deal.
Januzaj’s previous contract, which he signed two years ago when he joined United from Anderlecht, was due to run out at the end of this campaign with a host of leading European clubs, including Barcelona, hovering. “It’s like a dream,” Januzaj said after signing the deal.
The nightmare scenario for United was for Januzaj to run down his contract and leave for a relatively small development fee because he is under 24, which was the way they lost French midfielder Paul Pogba to Juventus.
Talks have been ongoing prior to David Moyes appointment as manager and the deal will be a significant positive for the club’s new executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward who has conducted negotiations.
“We have been trying to get Adnan to sign for quite a few months, it was not just in my time,” Moyes said on Saturday. “But obviously he’s an exceptionally talented player and one we were happy to have.”
Januzaj was one of the few United players to acquit himself well in Saturday’s disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Southampton – his second successive start after his match-winning performance against Sunderland – and Moyes praised his mercurial ability. “He’s a very talented player and he did not disappoint today. He did his job,” he said.
Januzaj’s modest salary until his new deal reflects the fact that he signed for United aged just 16 and came through the club’s youth set-up before breaking into the first team this season. However, should he continue to figure in the first team he can expect considerable improvements.
It is also understood that Januzaj, who is eligible for several countries including Belgium, Albania, Serbia and Turkey, is leaning towards waiting another three years so he might fulfil the five-year residency rule permitting him to become an England international. The FA has already held talks with United to ascertain his intentions.