The Belgium international was one of the very few bright prospects of David Moyes’ troubled time at Old Trafford. He signed a new five-year deal at United last season, before which he was a target for the Ligue 1 winners.
The 19-year-old has seen his first team appearances being limited under Louis van Gaal this season. Januzaj’s representative Dirk de Vriese revealed the Dutchman considers his client as an important player, which forced him to reject a loan approach or a permanent transfer in the winter.
“But Louis van Gaal announced that he [Januzaj] cannot leave this winter. Not as a permanent transfer nor as a loan. The coach considered him as an important player for the squad. He is counting on everyone. It seems like a definitive decision, I don’t think that it can change.”
Januzaj started during United’s frustrating goalless draw against Cambridge United in the FA Cup fourth round clash away from home. He has featured 11 times in the league this season, which includes only four starts.
It should be seen if the teenager will consider his future at the end of the season if his lack of playing time in the second half of the season continues.