Adnan Januzaj to join Sunderland on loan, Mata to follow exit

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Adnan Januzaj, 21, is set to join Sunderland on a season-long loan after being told he does not feature in Jose Mourinho’s plans for next season.

The Belgian international had wanted to leave Old Trafford for good this summer but Manchester United were unwilling to sanction a permanent deal.

He has told friends that he feels humiliated in being forced to train with the Under-21 squad and has reportedly resorted to changing in toilets or turning up at Carrington in his training gear, to avoid being in the same dressing room as the academy players.

Sunderland manager David Moyes was open to both options and is happy to be in talks over a loan deal.

Januzaj went to Borussia Dortmund in a similar deal against then-United manager Louis Van Gaal’s wishes and having failed to claim a regular first team spot, returned to Old Trafford at his own request in January of this year. United are keen to stipulate the number of games he should play if he moves to Wearside.

His attitude has been questionable but there is belief in the youngster at Old Trafford. It’s hoped Moyes, who gave Januzaj his chance at United, can coax a return to the scintillating form of his debut season out of the sometimes stubborn Belgian.

 

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