Thursday, January 7, 2016
Adnan Januzaj returns to Manchester United from Dortmund
Dortmund was cancelled.
United sent the Belgium forward on a season-long loan to the German club in
August in order for him to gain more experience, but he has started just three
matches - all in the Europa League - and his only playing time in the Bundesliga
came off the substitutes' bench.
There was no release clause inserted into Januzaj's loan contract when it
was signed, but the clubs have agreed that it is in their best interests
to terminate the deal.
The relevant paperwork was exchanged on Thursday and the loan agreement
A United statement read: "Borussia Dortmund has agreed to cancel the
loan agreement for Adnan Januzaj. Adnan will rejoin the first-team
"He has returned to Manchester in order to clarify the details."
Januzaj last played for Dortmund against PAOK in the Europa League
Januzaj, whose last appearance was in Dortmund's 1-0 Europa League defeat to
PAOK Salonika on December 10, is understood to have stayed in Manchester
over the Christmas period and was in the Old Trafford directors' box for the
game against Chelsea on December 28.
United have until 5pm on Friday to register him for Saturday's FA Cup third-
round tie against Sheffield United, although boss Louis van Gaal may decide
to ease him back into the first-team set-up after a couple of games for the U21
Januzaj will be hoping to force his way into Louis van Gaal's first team at United
United will not be able to loan the 20-year-old out again as he has already
played for the Red Devils this year - he featured four times in August before
joining Dortmund - and FIFA rules state players are not allowed to play for
more than two clubs per season.
Van Gaal had warned Januzaj last year he was taking a risk by joining
Dortmund, rather than a lower-profile club where he would have been
guaranteed to play more.
"In a club like Borussia Dortmund, all the players there are also of a
certain level and I said in advance, 'That's a big risk for you because you have
to compete with other players of a higher level' and that is not so easy,"
the United manager said in November.