Manchester United player-coach Ryan Giggs believes Adnan Januzaj made the right decision in committing his future to the Premier League champions, ESPN
Giggs, 39, is a product of United’s youth set-up and drew on his own experiences as a young player to pass advice on to Januzaj after Januzaj signed a new five-year contract to put to bed rumours surrounding his club future. “What I got told was just to carry on doing what I had been doing in the youth team and the reserves. That is why you are in the first team,” Giggs said.
“Adnan is a great lad. He wants to learn. He wants to get better. He wants to improve. That is great to see. He is a talent. As far as I am concerned he is at the right place,” the former Wales international added.
It had been claimed that Manchester City and Juventus were monitoring Januzaj’s status with the intention to sweep him away from United, but the long-term deal agreed by the player put an end to the speculation. Giggs believes that now Januzaj knows at which club his future lies, he can focus on matters on the field.
“Having his future settled will help him,” Giggs said. “Obviously he can forget about that now and just enjoy his football. You have seen that in the last game [against Southampton] especially.
“He is enjoying being around the lads. He has enjoyed learning and training with the first team, just like I did at the same age,” he continued. “You learn so much. It is great for the other players to see someone like that. It gives you a lift as well.”
However, Giggs warned that Januzaj will not be able to influence every game just yet. “Young players have dips in form. That is inevitable,” he said. “At the moment you just let him do what he is doing and just enjoy it because everyone is enjoying seeing him progress.”
Januzaj may have decided his club future but his international future is still up in the air, as the Belgium-born Januzaj can play for a number of countries due to the locations of his parents’ birth, including Albania, Turkey and Croatia, as well as the possibility of representing England in the future, should he qualify under residency rules.
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