- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

DORTMUND, Germany (AP) - Belgium winger Adnan Januzaj was returning to Manchester United on Thursday after his one-year loan spell at Borussia Dortmund was cut short after half a season.

The Bundesliga side confirmed that the clubs agreed on “an immediate return,” and that the “last contractual details between the parties are being sorted out.”

The 20-year-old Januzaj joined Dortmund at the end of the last transfer period but failed to make his mark with the side.

He played just 166 minutes as a substitute in six Bundesliga games, managing four shots at goal, and scoring none. He played two full games in five Europa League appearances for Dortmund but again didn’t score.

Januzaj was competing with the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marco Reus, Ilkay Gundogan, Sven Bender, and Shinji Kagawa for a place in Dortmund’s midfield, while the emergence of impressive new signing Julian Weigl also damaged his chances of making an impact at the Westfalenstadion.

His frustrations in Germany put the brakes on a promising career, with much expected of the Belgium international following his breakthrough season at United in 2013-14.

Januzaj initially turned down call-ups for Belgium’s senior team as he pondered playing for Albania, while England coach Roy Hodgson openly declared an interest in the player. Januzaj’s family is of Kosovar-Albanian heritage.

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