Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj “wants to achieve great things” after joining Borussia Dortmund on loan for the rest of the season.
The 20-year-old Belgium international has struggled to fit into the team under manager Louis van Gaal – despite starting and scoring the winner against Aston Villa earlier this month – and will move to the Bundesliga club until the end of the season.
Januzaj tweeted a picture of himself holding a Dortmund shirt and said: “Pleased to sign for Dortmund ?? ! Looking forward to new season”.
Dortmund announced that Januzaj will wear the number nine shirt for the club.
Januzaj told the club’s website: “Borussia Dortmund are a big club and the fans are meant to be really incredible here. I would like to achieve great things with this team.”
Dortmund’s director of sport Michael Zorc added: “Adnan is a highly talented and technically adept player who rounds off our attack.”
Two weeks ago, Van Gaal reacted angrily to suggestions that he did not give Januzaj enough of a chance to make an impact last season – but added that the winger needed to find consistency.
Van Gaal said then: “Adnan had eight starts last season and 14 substitutions so he didn’t have any chances? This is not true, in my opinion.
“The other players have no right? (to a place in the team) Only Adnan has a right? He has to compete with 23 or 24 other players.
“He is 20 years old. The characteristics of a young player is he is not consistent. He has to show that. Maybe he can show it this season. It is possible.”