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Mar 27, 2014

Turkey keen to call-up Adnan Januzaj

Turkey manager Fatih Terim is trying to persuade Adnan Januzaj to play for his side.

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The Manchester United teenager has Turkish heritage but is eligible to play for five different international teams and could qualify for a sixth, England.

And former AC Milan and Galatasaray manager Terim hopes the 19-year-old, who rejected a call-up from Kosovo last month, will plump for them.

He told NTV Spor: "If we don't offer Januzaj the chance, we will be criticised for missing out.

"The Turkish Football Federation president, staff and myself have asked him to play for Turkey.

"His father is Turkish, his mother is Kosovan and Albania, England, Kosovo and Belgium all want him to represent their country.”

Januzaj, who was born in Brussels, could become available for England through residency in the United Kingdom while another option for him is to play for Serbia.

But Terim added: “We are working towards the possibility of him playing for Turkey. I mean if he decided he wants to play for us, we have the right to play him."

Kosovo, not currently recognised by the United Nations as a country, has been granted permission by FIFA to play internationals and Albert Bunjaki’s team played their first ever game against Haiti on March 5.

They are yet to play a competitive game and will not participate in Euro 2016 qualifying.

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