Dortmund boss hits out at Januzaj’s ‘lack of desire & attitude’

Date published: Saturday 9th January 2016 1:53

Adnan Januzaj: Back at Old Trafford after Dortmund loan

Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel has criticised Adnan Januzaj’s attitude, saying the Manchester United loanee “never looked like he was completely with us”.

The 20-year-old, who joined BVB in August, had his season-long loan cut short by mutual agreement this week after he failed to start a single league match and amid criticism of his approach.

United manager Louis van Gaal had warned Januzaj that a move to Dortmund might not be a wise move if he wanted first-team football, but the Dutchman insists he will now give the Belgian youngster a second chance at Old Trafford.

Tuchel, however, admits he was not impressed with the Belgium’s brief spell in Germany, highlighting the young forward’s mental approach as a reason for his failure.

“It is a pity he did not show the desire and attitude you need to progress at his age,” the BVB boss said to Sportbild.

“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.”

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