Januzaj: ‘I want to have a great year with Real’

I want to have a great year at La Real”. Adnan
Januzaj confirms in a single sentence that he is already well and that he remains in the Royal Society, burying any option to leave in this market, an option that was considered in the previous ones. He concludes that intervention by saying: “And then we’ll see how things are”. The Belgian has made it clear in an interview on Radio Marca Donostia that he is extremely excited this season at La Real: “This year we play the Europa League and I not only want to play it, I want to win it and reach the Champions League in LaLiga”.

‘Janu’ not only wants to stay as txuri urdin, but to leave his mark: “I told Olabe that I am good in the team, that I am happy here and I want the fans to remember me when I leave here”. In fact, when that time comes, he promises to return as a fan and greet “my friends” in Zubieta.

I told Olabe that I am good in the team, that I am happy here and I want the fans to remember me when I leave here

Your relationship with Imanol it’s love-hate. The coach always squeezes him: “This year he has asked me to be prepared for each game and mark the differences“, spear Januzaj, before confessing that he is the most common target of his coach’s wrath: “Imanol likes to fight me, I think I’m the one who gets the most fights. He’s always angry, but in a good way”, He says, in a humorous tone.

And the coach is aware that the Belgian international can and must give much more on the field: “Not only him, there are many people who expect a lot from me. They want more of me because they know that I can make a difference”. It is also not alien Januzaj to which he causes some irritation with his way of proceeding on the field, apparently indolent and passive: “It is my mentality, I am very calm in the field. It seems like I’m not plugged in, but it’s my style of play, I’m always plugged in and I feel like”, He clarifies.

Imanol likes to fight me, I think I’m the one who gets the most fights. He’s always angry, but in a good way

Now he hopes that injuries will respect him and improve physically to take that step forward. “I’m getting cardio but I need more minutes to finish like last year. I have played 20 minutes per game to be more fit ”. And it is that the crack of Brussels could not do preseason because of Covid-19. You must do extra physical work every day to get closer to the level of your peers.

The famous ‘lame goal’

Januzaj He will go down in history for his goal at Wanda Metropolitano that gave him sixth place and qualification for the Europa League in 2020 in a match against Atlético, who was about to not play because he was injured. “I was already angry because I couldn’t play on Seville day“, Explain. Before going to Madrid, Imanol He told him that he had to travel, but that he would not play and the Belgian replied to his coach that he would not go so as not to intervene. But, as he relates, “The next day, I had a conversation with Labaka and he told me: ‘You are going to score the goal that is going to score us in Europe.‘”.

Already in the second half, with Real losing 1-0 and one foot out of Europe. “I was warming up in the band, Imanol asked me if I was okay, I said yes, but I wasn’t; I had pain”. The fact is that he came out, forced a foul between two defenders, and scored: “I knew I had to hit it hard down, because I could go straight in or I could hit someone. Besides, they are very strong in the passing game and they were going to take her out ”.