Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has named Manchester United starlet Adnan Januzaj as one of the strongest personalities in the Belgium dressing room.
Januzaj, 19, is a relatively new face in Marc Wilmots' Belgium squad having only decided on his international future earlier this year before going on to earn a place in his country's World Cup squad.
The United midfielder has remained part of his national team manager's plans, receiving call ups for recent European Championship qualifiers against Andorra and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Although he remains on the periphery of the Belgium squad – featuring only as an unused substitute in both his sides' qualifiers – Kompany has revealed that despite his tender years, Januzaj is one of the most outspoken among the Belgian ranks.
When asked which players stand out most in the dressing room Kompany told FourFourTwo: "There are a few. With Belgium, you have Romelu Lukaku and Adnan Januzaj, for instance. You always have a couple of players with strong personalities who always have something to say."
After emerging on to the scene in scintillating fashion last season, Januzaj waited until April to decide his international future, having also been eligible to represent Turkey and Albania.
His failure to impose himself on the first team at Old Trafford this season has in turn prevented him from building on his progress for his national side, though. Januzaj is still waiting for his first start under Louis van Gaal having made five appearances off the bench but could be handed opportunities in the coming weeks.
With Wayne Rooney to miss upcoming games against West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea through suspension, Van Gaal must fill a void in the number 10 role behind his first-choice striker partnership of Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie.
The Dutchman selected Juan Mata for the role in United's last game before the international break against Everton but Januzaj will be hoping to be considered in what he describes as his favoured position.