Tuchel questions Januzaj ‘desire and attitude’

Date published: Saturday 9th January 2016 2:46

Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel has criticised the ‘desire and attitude’ of Adnan Januzaj after the Manchester United winger’s loan was terminated early.

Januzaj did not start a single Bundesliga game for Dortmund and has now returned to Manchester.

The Dortmund boss told Sportbild: “It is a pity he did not show the desire and attitude you need to progress at his age.

“My feeling was that he never was completely with us, that a part of him always stayed in Manchester and he compared everything here with United.

“We were not able to help him to shake that off.”

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was happy to see Januzaj returned but has warned that he will not immediately figure in his first-team plans.

“I believe in the talent of Adnan Januzaj,” Van Gaal said on Friday. “I said (in August) it would be very difficult to play matches in Dortmund and unfortunately I was right.

“He has trained already this morning. But he didn’t play so many 90-minute matches in one season and he has to show his fitness in the second team.

“We have to wait and see if his (clearance) papers are right. If he can play Monday in the second team (at Reading) he shall play in the second team.”

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