Tuesday, May 26, 2015Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Football: Easier to reach Pope than recruit United's Januzaj - Albania coach

Published on Jan 23, 2014 11:03 PM

TIRANA (REUTERS) - Albania's Italian football coach says he has an easier time getting hold of Pope Francis than reaching the father of Adnan Januzaj in the hope of recruiting the Manchester United winger to the Balkan country's national team.

Born in Belgium to ethnic Albanians originally from Kosovo, Januzaj is being wooed by a number of national teams including Belgium and Albania.

Kosovo, too, hopes to lure the talented 18-year-old, having been granted the right by Fifa to play friendly matches six years after declaring independence from Serbia.

"We're stuck. We just don't know," Gianni de Biasi said on Thursday.

Enjoy 2 weeks of unlimited digital access to The Straits Times. Get your free access now!