Pjanic: Leaving Roma for Real Madrid is 'impossible'

The 25-year-old has backed up his agent’s words in stressing he is not thinking about a potential transfer to the Bernabeu at this stage

Miralem Pjanic has called a move to Real Madrid “impossible”, stating he was fully focused on doing well with Roma.

A number of reports recently have suggested the 25-year-old is close to joining the Santiago Bernabeu side, claiming Rafael Benitez is eager to boost his midfield options with the free-kick specialist.

However, Pjanic has insisted he is not thinking about a transfer at this stage of the season, ruling out a move in the January transfer window at least.

“Real Madrid interest? I am focused on Roma at the moment,” the Bosnia-Herzegovina midfielder told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“We are still fighting for the Scudetto and have the Champions League round of 16 coming up. That’s why leaving Roma is impossible right now.”

His agent Michael Becker, meanwhile, was quick to stress there had not been contact with any interested clubs.

“These rumours surprise me. I don’t know where they are coming from,” Becker added.

“Neither Miralem, nor his father or Roma have been in touch with Real Madrid, Barcelona or any other European club.”

Pjanic joined Roma from Lyon in August 2011 and has since developed into a key figure at the Serie A outfit.

He has a contract with the Stadio Olimpico side until June 2018.

Pjanic reveals Zidane inspiration

The World Cup winning Frenchman was a source of inspiration for a young Miralem Pjanic, who says he tried to mould himself on the ex-Real Madrid playmaker

Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic was inspired to play football by former France international Zinedine Zidane.

The Bosnian is doing his part to aid Roma’s challenge for the Serie A title this season, having scored seven goals in 13 top-flight appearances.

Zidane claimed two Scudetti during his time at Juventus and the 25-year-old says the Frenchman played a massive role in shaping the type of player he has become.

“Zidane made me want to be a footballer when I was younger. I liked the style of his football, how he played the game,” Pjanic told Roma’s official website ahead of Wednesday’s crucial Champions League clash with BATE Borisov.

“He was, for me, the best player I ever saw. He had a lot of elegance and grace – I just liked watching him play.

“Did I try and emulate him? Of course, he played the same position as me, so I would watch his plays all the time and try to do some of the skills that he would do on the field.”

Torino 1-1 Roma: Last-gasp Lopez penalty piles more pressure on Garcia

The visitors looked set to pick up a morale-boosting win thanks to Miralem Pjanic’s free-kick but the Argentine converted from the spot in the dying seconds

Torino were grateful to a stoppage-time penalty from Maxi Lopez as they salvaged a 1-1 draw with Roma in a dramatic Serie A clash on Saturday.

The Argentine came off the bench midway through the second half and saw his side fall behind to Miralem Pjanic’s free-kick seven minutes from time.

However, just when it seemed Roma would seal their first win in three league games, Kostas Manolas brought down Andrea Belotti inside the area and Lopez coolly converted the 94th-minute spot-kick.

In a game of few chances, the most notable action in the opening 80 minutes saw Roma attacker Gervinho – back after almost three weeks out with a thigh injury – limp out of the action with what looked to be a recurrence of the same problem.

All the drama arrived in the final 10 minutes, as Roma took the lead when Pjanic curled a free-kick into a dangerous area, which eluded Torino goalkeeper Daniele Padelli, bounced into the turf and into the top-right corner.

But Torino were not to be beaten and after Manolas felled Belotti, Lopez calmly sent Wojciech Szczesny the wrong way to earn his side a draw that will pile further pressure on Roma boss Rudi Garcia ahead of their decisive Champions League clash with BATE.

RUMOURS: Real Madrid in Pjanic move

The Blancos are currently tracking the Bosnian midfielder but may face competition for his signature from a familiar rival


Real Madrid are monitoring the progress of Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic, according to Marca.

The Spanish club are thought to be keen on the Bosnian midfielder as they look to restructure their squad at the end of the 2015-16 season, with a number of high-profile names linked with moves away from the Santiago Bernabeu.

The midfielder, who is developing a reputation as a free-kick specialist, is thought to be happy with life in Rome but could be swayed by an approach from the Spanish giants. 

But Real may not have things all their own way, as Barcelona manager Luis Enrique is reported to be weighing up a move for the midfielder due to his Roma connections, meaning that the Blancos may have to move fast to secure Pjanic on the streets of Madrid.



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Spoiler Alert: Here are five huge names who have failed to make The Goal 50

The 2015 Goal 50 will feature the creme de la creme of the footballing elite – but five superstars won’t be in the upcoming countdown…


The Goal 50, which recognises and ranks the world’s 50 best footballers of the past 12 months, is set to be revealed on Friday, November 27.

From Monday, we will start revealing the names of those who have made this year’s list ahead of the final countdown four days later.

As always, there will be a number of huge names who did not do enough to make our elite list.

Below are five footballers who have been present in recent years, but won’t be making an appearance in the 2015 edition.


WAYNE ROONEY


Wayne Rooney might be one of the most recognisable footballers on the planet, but the Manchester United skipper has been declining for a number of years now.

Despite recently becoming England’s all-time top goalscorer, the 30-year-old is struggling to maintain the standards he set earlier in his career and last season he notched up just 12 league goals.


MIRALEM PJANIC


Miralem Pjanic was one of the new faces in last year’s Goal 50, placing 20th after his superb central midfield performances saw Roma surprisingly challenge Juventus for the Scudetto.

Roma’s remarkable dip in form at the turn of 2015 is the reason why none of their players feature this time around. However, his superb start to the new campaign suggests the Bosnian could well return next year.


IKER CASILLAS


Iker Casillas endured a miserable 2014-15 season. He won no major trophies, and was constantly booed by supporters before being forced out of the club he had graced for more than 15 years.

After a string of individual errors in Madrid, the Spain No.1 will be hoping to silence his critics after moving to FC Porto. He will also have an eye on Euro 2016 as he attempts to win back his Goal 50 place.


ROBIN VAN PERSIE


Robin van Persie made the top 20 of The Goal 50 last year, when his World Cup heroics with Netherlands justified his lofty position despite his dwindling impact on Manchester United in the Premier League.

His influence waned even further once Louis van Gaal took charge at Old Trafford and he was sold to Fenerbahce in the summer, where he has failed to impress so far. And that’s not even touching on his disastrous efforts for his country as they failed to qualify for Euro 2016.


MARCO REUS


One of Borussia Dortmund’s star players for the past couple of years, Marco Reus’ absence from The Goal 50 is unsurprising given how badly Jurgen Klopp’s men performed last season.

However, should he remain injury-free, most will expect Reus to be in Goal 50 contention once again next year – especially with Dortmund reinvigorated under Thomas Tuchel and with Germany challenging for Euro 2016.