Certainly, Miralem Pjanić, when he signed for Barcelona this summer, did not imagine that he would not get a chance However, the Bosnian national team player is an experienced player, he won trophies at Juventus, he is not a boy who is still waiting to prove himself.
However, he does not fit into the tactical ideas, so Pjanić made 28 appearances during the season, but when you look at the minutes, you can see that he played an average of 45 minutes per game. At half time. Far below the reputation of a player of such a summary.
Regardless of everything, Pjanić said in an interview with Mundo Deportivo that he has no desire to leave Barcelona for the summer. "I did not sign for Barcelona to leave after a year. I came to write history in the club, which I followed for many years, "said Pjanić.
And then he explained how his and Barca's paths crossed a decade and a half ago. "When I was 16, my father met with the leaders of Barcelona who wanted me for the B team. I was in Metz at the time and we didn’t really know how important Barça B was to the club."
"So I decided to stay to build a career in France, but I always followed what Barcelona was doing. Two years ago, Abidal wanted to sign me, we negotiated, but the club brought Griezmann and there was no more money for me."
"I had to wait another two years to make my dream come true and become a Barcelona player. I came because of my games and experience as a winning player, they asked me to do that when I signed the contract." "They told me that my character and experience will be vital for young players coming from La Masia.
" Asked if he was disappointed with his days in Barcelona, Pjanic said: "I came to win the Champions League, that is my goal. This season I want to win two titles, that is my mentality. I never give up. If I don't play, I work even harder in training the next day, so that the coaches can see that I'm not giving up."
"During the preparations, Koeman told me to be calm, not to hurry. It was difficult for me at the beginning, because he doesn't talk much with the players, so all I have left is to work hard to be ready when needed.
Pjanic on Koeman
Now that he could talk to the coach, Pjanic revealed what he would ask him. "I would just look for a chance in continuity, to play two or three games in a row, to show what I can do. Every football player needs that."
"But, I will continue to work on every training session to earn that chance. The coach "gambles" a lot with the young players from La Masia and that is good for the identity of the club, but I am here to contribute my experience in important matches.
" It is always a question of the relationship with Messi for all Barça players. Pjanić could not pass him either. "Our relationship is spectacular. I talk to Leo a lot, he explains some things to me, he encourages me from day one, he helps me.
We will never see such a football player again." "I don't know what he will do, but I would like to be by his side for many more years ", said Miralem Pjanić and added that the only thing he has been missing since the day he came to the Nou Camp is the fans.