Jose Mourinho claims Adnan Januzaj is still in his plans at Manchester United despite sending him on a season-long loan to Sunderland.
Black Cats boss David Moyes returned to his former club to land the 21-year-old Belgium international.
The announcement comes the day after Moyes wrapped up the £5.5million double signing of United defenders Paddy McNair and Donald Love.
Moyes was delighted to have landed a player to whom he handed a senior debut at Old Trafford, and will now set about the process of restoring him to the heights he hit as he emerged from the ranks.
The Scot said: “It’s a big boost because it’s the level of quality I would like to bring here, and I am going to try to get him back to the levels he was certainly a couple of years ago.
“Adnan has to now look at himself a little bit and realise that it’s down to him now to change it. Yes, he’s coming in to a manager who trusts him and believes in him, but he’s got to be the one who shows why for the last two years he’s not really featured.
“But this boy can play two or three different positions, he’s got an ability to go past people, score goals, make goals.”
When asked about the deal, Mourinho was quick to insist that Januzaj was not being cut adrift, while also seemingly aiming a swipe at the player’s use by Borussia Dortmund during a mutually unsatisfactory loan spell last season.
“He fits my plans,” said the Portuguese tactician.
“That’s why he is on loan at a Premier League club. If he doesn’t fit I don’t care about him, don’t care where he’s going, which club, which competition, which manager.
“Maybe I send him to Borussia Dortmund. Yes, we care about him, we think he is a talented player but to be in the same squad as Martial, Mkhitaryan, Young, Depay would mean not many matches.”