The midfielder signed a new contract in May last year but revealed he ignored the overtures of the Spanish club
Miralem Pjanic says he was aware of interest from Barcelona prior to committing his future to Roma last summer.
The midfielder signed a new deal until 2018 last May but has revealed he was the subject of an enquiry from the Catalans as he made a decision over his next move.
“I know that the club wanted me when I was negotiating my renewal,” he said in an interview with La Republica.
Pjanic’s decision to stay in Rome led Barca to sign Ivan Rakitic from Sevilla and retain the services of veteran Xavi.
Despite rejecting the Catalans’ advances, the 25-year-old says Luis Enrique – who coached him during his spell in charge at the Stadio Olimpico – has played a key role in his career.
“Him, along with [Roma boss] Rudi Garcia, has taught me the most in football.”
The Bosnia-Herzegovina international has been unable to inspire his side to Serie A glory this term, though, as they sit 14 points adrift of leaders Juventus after 28 games.