Manchester United midfielder Adnan Januzaj has penned down a new five-year deal with the Premier League champions as Tottenham Winger Andros Townsend extends his future at White Hart Lane till 2017.
Brussels-born Januzaj became the new sensation at Old Trafford when he capped his league debut with a brace against Sunderland a fortnight ago.
His impressive start to the 2013/14 season dates back to the ‘Red Devils’ pre-season tour, making vital contributions from the middle of the pack and scoring as well. Manager David Moyes said he was impressed with his improvements on training ground and was forced to push him into the first-team which paid off one time.
“It’s a great thrill to be able to sign for Manchester United,” the 18-year-old told ManUtd.com.
“Since arriving here I have always felt like this was the right club for me.”
His contract was due for the end of the season and could have left with minimal compensation to the club, being that he’s under 24, but Moyes, who described the teenage player as “truly exceptional” was poised to have him extend his ties with the Old Trafford club he joined from Anderletch in 2011.
“Since arriving here I have always felt like this was the right club for me,” added Januzaj.
“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.”
Townsend has signed a new four-year contract with Tottenham Hotspur. The 22-year-old winger became a first-team regular with coach Andre Villas-Boas’ men since arriving from his final loan spell with Queens Park Rangers last season- making eight appearances so far.
He was called up by England coach Roy Hodgson for the ‘Three Lions’ last two World Cup qualifiers, scoring on his debut in the 4-1 win against Montenegro last week.
He became caught up in a race row with the England boss in his second England cap against Poland, but has supported his coach, describing the story as “negative, silly news.”
Townsend scored on his Spurs debut against Charlton in 2011 and had nine loan spells away from White Hart Lane.
However, unlike Townsend Januzaj has not committed his international career to any country, but is eligible for selection by Serbia, Albania and Turkey aside Belgium, his birth place.