19/10/2013 07:00 BST | Updated 19/10/2013 07:09 BST

Adnan Januzaj Signs Five-Year Manchester United Contract


Adnan Januzaj has ended speculation over his club future by signing a five-year contract with Manchester United.

The 18-year-old Belgian was outstanding on the Barclays Premier League champions' pre-season tour and made his professional debut against Wigan in the Community Shield.

A match-winning double on his first career start at Sunderland a fortnight ago reinforced his burgeoning reputation, and Januzaj has inked a new deal until 2018.

Januzaj celebrates his winner at Sunderland two weeks ago

"It’s a great thrill to be able to sign for Manchester United," Januzaj beamed. "Since arriving here I have always felt like this was the right club for me.

"This season has been great for me – going on the pre season tour, making my debut in the Community Shield win at Wembley and then breaking into the team at Sunderland – it’s like a dream. I want to work hard now and establish myself as a Manchester United player."

United manager David Moyes lauded Januzaj as a "truly exceptional" talent for his age.

Moyes is delighted Januzaj has committed his future to United

Moyes said: "I'm delighted that Adnan has committed his future to United. He is an outstanding talent and has impressed me consistently since I came to United in July.

"His balance, poise and ability to beat players is truly exceptional for a boy of his age. It’s great that he recognises that this club, with its tradition for developing young players and giving them a chance on the biggest stage, is the best place for him to be."

Moyes has experienced a poor start to his United managerial career, winning three and losing three league games, but Januzaj has emerged as one of his early success stories.

Januzaj made his Old Trafford debut against Crystal Palace last month

Sir Alex Ferguson listed Januzaj in the matchday squad for his final match at West Brom in May, but chose to introduce 30-somethings Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand.

Januzaj's commitment to United is also good news for England and Roy Hodgson. The left-winger is considering whether to pledge his international allegiance to the Three Lions and he could be eligible to play for England at the 2016 European Championship, should they qualify, under residency rules.

Belgium coach Marc Wilmots last week revealed Januzaj had rejected the chance to link up with the Red Devils for their recent World Cup qualifiers. The United forward is also being courted by Croatia, Serbia, Albania and Kosovo (currently not recognised by Fifa).