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Adnan Januzaj finds a new home in La Liga

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Once one of the golden prospects in the game and the subject of a high-profile recruitment war between national teams, Adnan Januzaj is leaving Manchester United.

Januzaj is off to Real Sociedad for a reported $12.7 million.

The 22-year-old scored four goals in 35 matches before his 19th birthday, but has since struggled to make an impact at Old Trafford.

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He issued the following statement on his Twitter account.

Januzaj spent loan stints at Borussia Dortmund and Sunderland, scoring just one goal in the 2015-16 League Cup.

He was last called up by Belgium in 2014, a year in which he earned six caps.

Burnley 4-1 Sunderland: Gray hat trick drubs Black Cats

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  • Gray nets hat trick
  • Barnes adds PK
  • Defoe ruins clean sheet

Andre Gray and Burnley emphatically defeated Sunderland to move nine points clear of the drop zone with a 4-1 win at Turf Moor on Saturday.

Ashley Barnes added a penalty as Burnley moved to 23 points.

Jermain Defoe scored a consolation goal for Sunderland, which remains 18th with 14 points.

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Burnley had some early chances, with Ashley Barnes tempting goal even before his mate atop the 4-4-2 found the back of the goal.

Gray hit his shot through Vito Mannone, whose arm merely got a piece of the ball after John O'Shea and Papy Djilobodji both went for a 50-50 long ball with Barnes, allowing Gray unfettered access to the Sunderland goal.

 

Gray made it 2-0 after the break, busting through Djilobodji’s pullback to move around Mannone and push a long pass home. It wasn’t long before he sealed his hat trick, Burnley snaring the ball off a Steven Pienaar slip and Gray stroking home on the break.

Sebastian Larsson chopped down Canadian international Scott Arfield in the box, and Barnes converted the PK to make it 4-0.

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Defoe pulled one back for Sunderland in the 71st minute off an inch-perfect feed from Adnan Januzaj.

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Sunderland 0-1 Chelsea: Blues make it 10-straight PL wins

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  • Blues go six clear of second place
  • Fabregas, Willian combine for goal
  • Black Cats remain dead last

Late heroics from Thibaut Courtois made it tight for Chelsea, who largely controlled a 1-0 win at Sunderland by virtue of a Willian and Cesc Fabregas produced first half goal at the Stadium of Light.

The win moves Antonio Conte‘s Blues six points clear of second- and third-placed Arsenal and Liverpool. They’ve won 10-straight in the Premier League.

Sunderland remains dead last, with 11 points.

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Though Chelsea quickly established itself in a chippy match, it was Adnan Januzaj who drew gasps from the crowd with a near miss from 17 yards in the 26th minute.

Diego Costa mishit a tremendous low cross from Marcos Alonso a moment later.

Fabregas put the Blues ahead about five minutes before the break, curving a classy low finish home after a 1-2 with Willian.

Januzaj stayed lively in the second half, forcing a strong left leg save from Thibaut Courtois still inside the first hour of play, and Victor Anichebe had a late chance well defended by the Blues.

Courtois then flew through the air to stop Patrick Van Aanholt deep into stoppage time, a fine save on one of Sunderland’s best.

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League Cup roundup: Middlesbrough and Burnley fall to lower league foes

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Sunderland and Bournemouth advanced to the League Cup third round, while Middlesbrough and Burnley dropped out after both finding themselves bested in extra-time.

A strong Boro lineup still saw its goal pummeled all evening by Fulham’s young squad, and Lasse Vigen Christensen won it in extra time with an assist from American youngster Luca de la Torre to complete the 2-1 scoreline. Middlesbrough went ahead early on an 8th minute header by David Nugent, but they were on the back foot the rest of the match. Scott Malone forced a Boro own-goal for the equalizer shortly after halftime, and Christensen won it seven minutes before penalties.

The win for Fulham means they are unbeaten through five matches this season across Championship and League Cup play. The Whites then drew a home meeting with Bristol City for the third round of the Cup.

Burnley also went to extra-time after a scoreless full 90 minutes, and they were stunned by a goal from Accrington Stanley’s Matt Pearson in the 122nd minute, just ticks before penalties to down the Clarets 1-0. It was a dull match up to that point, and the League Two side earned its first-ever victory over a Premier League side in cup play with the late winner. The winners will have another shot at a Premier League side in the next round, drawing West Ham.

Bournemouth nudged past League Two side Morecambe 2-1 thanks to goals from Max Gradel and Marc Wilson, although Morecambe had leveled things for a bit between the two Cherries’ goals. Bournemouth saw themselves drawn against Preston North End in the upcoming round.

Sunderland also saw themselves through thanks to Adnan Januzaj‘s first goal for the Black Cats, an 83rd minute strike to down League One side Shrewsbury Town 1-0 at the Stadium of Light. The match was a relatively even affair until Januzaj’s late goal, but Sunderland likely deserved to win on number of chances, with Patrick van Anholt having the best prior opportunity just before halftime with a rocket saved by Jason Leutwiler. The Black Cats will travel to QPR following the third round draw.

Official: Sunderland adds Januzaj on loan

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The Black Cats have made an intriguing addition ahead of the 2016/17 Premier League season, and he’ll be available to play in the club’s opening match on Saturday.

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On Friday, Sunderland confirmed that the club has added Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj on loan for the season, addressing a major need in the squad’s attack.

The 21-year-old spent last season on loan as well, when United shipped the young Belgian off to Borussia Dortmund. Januzaj made 12 appearances for the German Bundesliga runners’ up across all competitions.

After coming up through United’s academy, Januzaj has made 50 appearances for the Red Devils since debuting with the senior team in 2013.

New Sunderland boss David Moyes previously coached Januzaj three years ago in his lone season at United, and becomes the manager’s third signing of the summer.