Adnan Januzaj quizzed on Man Utd buy-back clause and prospect of return

Ex-Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj is preparing to face his former club in the Europa League with Real Sociedad on Thursday, in what will be his first meeting with the Red Devils since his departure.

After an impressive breakout season under David Moyes as an 18-year-old, Januzaj failed to kick on under Louis van Gaal and spent time at Borussia dortmund and Sunderland on loan.

He eventually left United permanently in 2017 to join Sociedad but the Red Devils insisted on a buy-back clause being inserted into the deal.

With just one year remaining on his Sociedad contract, the clause will expire in the summer of 2022.

When asked if United may look to take advantage of the clause, Januzaj told the Manchester Evening News: "I don't know. Football is football, anything can happen.

"I'm in the best moment of my career, I'm enjoying my football here, and then whatever will come for me, we will see.

"I'm really happy here for the moment, I have still one more year left of my contract here, so a lot of things could happen, if I stay or if I go, but for the moment I'm really happy to stay here and I'm happy here, so it's the most important for me."

Januzaj also opened about his time under Van Gaal adding: "If I had the right people that really were pushing me, that were giving me love and wanted me to play, yes, of course I would still be there [at United], possibly.

"But, at the end of the day, I didn't have the right people that were working with me, so it was more difficult for me to play.

"I didn't want to leave United but when you don't get game-time, you're not happy because of a few people, then you cannot stay there and you have to move on and play your football somewhere else.

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  • "The few people? It was the staff – his [Van Gaal's] staff because I had to do whatever he was saying. I was a young boy, I just had to stay calm and, like we say, I just had to shut up and work on the pitch.

    "That's it, that's the most you could do. There's nothing else you could do. You just had to accept it and enjoy and play for your football."

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