Manchester United playmaker Adnan Januzaj hopeful of big future

• Belgian eager to impress David Moyes on tour
• Wayne Rooney absence boosts teenager's squad chances

Adnan Januzaj sees his long-term future at Manchester United, with the 18-year-old hopeful of signing a new deal soon.

The Belgian playmaker has been one of United's better performers so far on the club's three-week pre-season tour, with his father in discussions regarding a fresh contract.

"I don't decide what happens with my contract," Januzaj said. "I've got people behind me who do this for me. Manchester United are a big club, I love it here, I feel good, so I hope to stay. My dad does everything for me. He just told me to work hard on the pitch, which is what I try to do."

The teenager's chance to impress United manager David Moyes on tour arose because of Wayne Rooney's absence through a hamstring injury and, with speculation over the England striker's future persisting, Januzaj is optimistic he can cement a squad place this season.

"It will maybe be a chance for me to play there, so we will see in the future what will happen. I think it's a big season for me. Like I said, I've tried to impress the manager and try to play regularly. I worked hard last season. I didn't play in my favourite position, more as a striker, but I think I did well."

In the third tour game, the 3-2 defeat by Yokohama F-Marinos in Tokyo this week, Januzaj lined up behind Robin van Persie. "It's great because he's obviously a big player, Januzaj added. "When you play with big players like him you feel confident, which is good."

Januzaj, who arrived at Old Trafford from Anderlecht in 2011, is understandably pleased with how his tour has gone, and said: "I've tried to do my best and worked hard on the pitch but it's hard for us as well, with all the travelling and moving between different countries and time zones. I've tried to impress the manager and make sure I give myself the chance to stay with the first team."

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