The Bosnia and Herzegovina international has ruled out a summer move away from the Italian capital and says he wants to sign a new deal with the club
Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic has insisted that he has no intention of leaving the Stadio Olimpico this summer.
The 23-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Tottenham in recent days, however, he is hoping to stay in the Italian capital and has hinted at a new deal with the Giallorossi.
“I don’t want to leave. Everyone at the club knows that,” he told the club’s official website.
“I’ve always wanted to stay here. I want to give everything to start the season well.
“I don’t know about the financial situation at the club. A new contract? It doesn’t happen overnight. We’re talking about it.
“The desire is there and we’ll see what happens in the future.”
Pjanic went on to say that he would accept any decisions of the coach not to include him in the first team, with several midfielders vying for a starting place.
“There are a number of us in that position and whoever’s on form will be in the team,” he added.
“The coach will find the right system. We need to do what we can to let the new signings settle. There are some great players who can help us to achieve success. Then it’ll be up to the coach to decide who to pick.”
Recent reports have suggested that the Bosnian is back on Barcelona’s radar, but he is refusing to comment on the reports while he is away on holiday
Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic has made it clear that he will not discuss his future until he returns from his holiday.
The 23-year-old has spent the past two seasons with the Giallorossi after leaving Olympique Lyonnais in 2011, but rumours linking the Bosnia-Herzegovina international with a move away have circulated in recent months.
However, Pjanic – who is currently on holiday in Greece – insists he will speak to Roma about where his future lies in due course.
“I can’t wait to start the new season. I’m proud of what I’ve done [for Roma] and the understanding I developed with [Francesco] Totti, who is like a king,” he told Dnevni Avaz.
“My future? I don’t want to talk about the club out of respect. I will go back to Rome to train and then we’ll see.
Earlier this week, Michele Gerbino, Pjanic’s agent, insisted that his client was not seeking an exit out of the Olimpico.
Despite this, the former Metz man is reported to be a possible replacement for either Thiago Alcantara at Barcelona or Mario Gotze following the Germany starlet’s departure from Borussia Dortmund.
The 23-year-old’s representative insists he is yet to be contacted by the Blaugrana over any potential move, despite reports in Spain saying otherwise
Barcelona have not made an enquiry into Roma playmaker Miralem Pjanic, according to the player’s agent.
Reports emanating from Spain on Thursday had suggested that the Liga giants were set to bid €11 million for the 23-year-old this summer.
However, Pjanic’s representative Michele Gerbino has refuted the speculation and insists his client is content with Serie A life at the Stadio Olimpico.
“Miralem is totally focused on his future with Roma. He is happy with the club and has a lot of respect for the Giallorossi,” he told Calciomercato.it
“As for the interest from Barcelona, I have not heard anything that and I am yet to be contacted by them.
“They [Barca] have not made any plans to meet with Roma either.”
The Bosnia and Herzegovina international, who signed for the Giallorossi in 2011 following a three-year spell with Olympique Lyonnais, is contracted to the Italian capital club until 2015.
The attacking midfielder is relishing the up-coming clash against bitter rivals Lazio but has warned his side they cannot forget about their league form
Miralem Pjanic has described Roma’s up-coming Coppa Italia final with rivals Lazio as a must-win game for the club’s supporters.
The 23-year-old midfielder, who missed the semi-final win over Inter as he continues his recovery from injury, has warned his team-mates not to forget about their league campaign at the expense of the looming final – but has stressed how much a victory would mean to the Giallorossi faithful.
He told reporters at a club event: “It’s very important. The final against Lazio is one we must win. Fans will certainly be happy if we win, but there are still five games. The coach told us that we must not forget the championship, but he also keeps the cup in mind.”
Roma are currently sitting in sixth spot in Serie A, one place above their city rivals in the race for European qualification, and Pjanic believes the club’s revived league fortunes are down to a renewed sense of solidarity since the departure of former coach Zdenek Zeman earlier this year.
“I’ve always felt good and I want to continue with this team. It’s true that until now we have not got the results we expected, but there is a great future and this is a stable group that will build something big,” Pjanic went on.
“[Aurelio] Andreazzoli has brought together the group – before, there was a bit of a strange environment. The coach has worked hard, has given confidence to all of us, has always believed in us and gives us strength to finish the season well.”
The midfielder says the decision to sack his former boss was the right choice as the team try to improve their standing in Serie A, and adds he is not looking to leave the side
Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic has said that sacking former coach Zdenek Zeman was the correct decision in order to improve the club’s league position.
The 22-year old, whose side lie eighth in Serie A, said the team were not correctly set up, and added that they must now improve.
“Something had to change, as we didn’t have the right balance. All that counts is what is best for Roma,” he told reporters.
“Our all-attack style of play was our strength and also our biggest weakness. We must work hard to climb back up the table.”
Pjanic also played down rumours that he was close to leaving the Italian side, adding: “I have a contract with Roma and I’m happy, even if things aren’t going well. Anyone who wants me must talk to the club first.”
Barcelona and Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich have been rumoured to be interested in the Bosnian.