Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj has reportedly informed manager Jose Mourinho that he wants to leave Old Trafford to secure and he seeks for a permanent transfer, not any loan spell.
The Belgium international has long been tipped one of the club’s top young talents, though he has watched first-team football becoming harder to come by over the last couple of years.
United have roped in Henrikh Mkhitaryan in attacking midfield this summer, which means Januzaj’s chances of regular playing time could be even slimmer.
According to a report from the Daily Mail, the 21-year-old has now given up on making it at United, and wants to leave the Manchester giants on a permanent basis as soon as possible.
Januzaj was sent out on loan to Borussia Dortmund last season and seemed likely to be allowed a temporary switch by Mourinho again this summer, but the player himself wants a fresh start at a new club.
Paris Saint-Germain, Everton, Sunderland, AC Milan and Ajax are said to be the main clubs interested in signing him.
Meanwhile, Mourinho appeared to have confirmed that Januzaj has no future at old Trafford as the Portuguese boss overlooked him for the 5-2 pre-season victory over Galatasaray.
After the match Mourinho also admitted anyone not selected would not be part of the first-team.
He said: “If they were not in my plans I would not give them one single minute, I would not keep them in my squad.
“The squad is very competitive, the squad is very important for the season.
“We have 38 matches in the Premier League, we have the possibility of 15 matches in the Europa league, plus domestic cups, we are going to play 60 matches.
“So with 60 matches we cannot do it with 11 players.
“So to be in the squad you have to understand that the squad is more important than the individual.
“The club is more important than all of us, and to be in the squad you have to be ready for this, to play, not to play, play a lot, play less, play 90 minutes, play one minute, not be selected.
“Everything is part of a squad life — and if you want to be in a club like we are, the club is much more important than us.”
Adnan Januzaj made only five appearances for United last season.
The issue is not a lack talent but the approach of the 21-year-old. His breakthrough season, when he starred under David Moyes in the ill-fated 2013-14 campaign, offered no hint of the questionable attitude that has since stunted his progress.
The view at the club among the coaching staff and in the dressing room is that Januzaj’s drift to the fringes may end in him wasting his chance at Old Trafford.