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Dejan Kulusevski wears No44 shirt in homage to ex-Man Utd star and ‘idol’ Adnan Januzaj after watching him in friendly

DEJAN KULUSEVSKI wears the No44 shirt – in a bizarre homage to his ‘idol’ Adnan Januzaj.

The new Tottenham signing sealed his switch to North London on deadline day.

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Dejan Kulusevski has completed an initial loan move to Tottenhan from JuventusCredit: Getty
Adnan Januzaj wore the No44 at Manchester United and inspired the Swedish winger to do the same

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Adnan Januzaj wore the No44 at Manchester United and inspired the Swedish winger to do the sameCredit: AFP

He has joined on an initial 18-month loan from Juventus with an obligation to buy in summer 2023 for £29million.

Kulusevski may have to wait to get his favourite No44 jersey, though.

That is because 17-year-old striker Dane Scarlett currently owns the number.

Spurs’ new 20-cap Swedish winger, 21, chose No44 at Parma and Juventus because he was mesmorised by former Manchester United star Januzaj.

As a teenager, he watched the now-Real Sociedad and Belgium midfielder when he played a friendly in Sweden.

Kulusevski appreciated the Belgian’s fearless approach to football and aimed to incorpoate it into his own game.

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But it is another Belgian Kulusevski models his style on.

He told Sky Italia: “I study Kevin De Bruyne a lot because he is a phenomenal player and because I want to become like him.

“It depends on the team, on the game. For how we play in Parma, the coach has found the perfect position for me — as a winger.

“When I was in the Primavera of Atalanta, on the other hand, I played more in the centre because the action had to start from behind.

“My perfect role? Behind the strikers. When I play, I don’t think about goals or assists.

“With the ball, I think always attacking, to the fact that the defenders have to know who they are dealing with. Having said that, I need to improve in shooting more often and also in scoring more.”

Kulusevski’s transfer was announced minutes after Rodrigo Bentancur completed his £20m switch from the Old Lady to the Lilywhites.

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Kulusevski wore his favourite number at Parma and Juventus

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Kulusevski wore his favourite number at Parma and JuventusCredit: AFP
Teenage forward Dane Scarlett has worn the No44 for Tottenham this season

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Teenage forward Dane Scarlett has worn the No44 for Tottenham this seasonCredit: Getty

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