Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel has outlines what he believes the key reason to be behind Adnan Januzaj‘s failed stay in the Bundesliga.
The Belgian international starred for Manchester United in an early Premier League match against Aston Villa, but was deemed surplus to requirements by Louis van Gaal, who promptly packed the player off on a season-long loan to BVB.
However, Januzaj’s stint in Germany has ended after only six months, following the premature termination of his deal.
Speaking to Sport Bild, Tuchel—who succeeded current Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp at the Westfalenstadion in the summer—has explained why he thinks the move went wrong.
“I had the feeling that Adnan was never quite with us,” Tuchel began, “but that he always remained partly in Manchester and compared everything to Manchester United.
“He didn’t have the desire and the attitude to get ahead here, which is what was needed at his age.”
If Tuchel’s comments are true, then Januzaj will perhaps return to Old Trafford super-motivated to make a big impact with the Red Devils.
And van Gaal’s side need him, with big-money summer additions Memphis Depay and Anthony Martial failing to impress on a consistent basis and skipper Wayne Rooney remaining lukewarm in front of goal.
However, Januzaj managed only 159 minutes of Bundesliga action during his stay with Dortmund, and it remains to be seen how fit he is and whether he will be able to contribute to United’s top-four push.
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