The Bosnian has the utmost respect for the Scudetto holders but says that Rudi Garcia’s unbeaten side are a match for any side in Italy
Miralem Pjanic has stated that Roma are not in the least bit afraid of Juventus ahead of Sunday’s Serie A showdown in Turin.
The Bianconeri have won the Scudetto for the last two seasons and are currently five points clear of the Giallorossi at the top of the table.
However, Pjanic insists that unbeaten Roma will travel to Juventus Stadium in hope rather than fear.
“Juventus are a very strong team,” the Bosnian is quoted as saying by Gazetta dello Sport. “But we are not afraid of them.
“We know we are on a par with any opponent in the league, but have to be on top of our game to beat Juve.
“It’s going to be a great game for sure. But we’re determined to bring home some valuable points.”
Roma’s crunch clash with Juventus is scheduled to kick off at 20:45CET.
The Giallorossi midfielder has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs and Zenit but says he is committed to the Serie A leaders for the foreseeable future
Miralem Pjanic has shrugged off recent transfer speculation linking him with a move away from Roma insisting he is committed to the club.
The Bosnian midfielder has become an integral part of the Giallorossi since his arrival from Lyon in the summer of 2011, particularly under the guidance of Rudi Garcia this season.
Pjanic, who has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs (Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham) and Russian side Zenit, says he is happy at the Serie A league leaders but could move on sometime in the future.
“I won’t exclude the possibility of one day playing elsewhere, but I doubt this will happen soon,” he told reporters.
“It certainly won’t be in January, which is what some people have said, and certainly not in the next year and a half.”
With his contract expiring in June 2015, Pjanic will be able to discuss a pre-contract agreement with clubs in a little over a year’s time, but according to reports in Italy, Roma are understood to have begun discussions to extend the midfielder’s stay.
The 23-year-old has started all 12 of the club’s Serie A games, scoring three goals in the process, including a double against Napoli in a 2-0 victory.
The Bosnian celebrated in midweek as his side secured their place at next summer’s World Cup finals before scoring both goals in the Giallorossi’s win over Napoli on Friday
Miralem Pjanic is enjoying a “magic moment” after capping a memorable week with two goals for Roma against Napoli on Friday.
The Bosnia-Herzegovina midfielder was part of the national team’s success in qualifying for next year’s World Cup earlier in the week, and then rounded off a successful seven days with a double as Roma won their eighth Serie A match in a row with a 2-0 victory over second-placed Napoli at the Stadio Olimpico.
Pjanic struck a sweet free-kick shortly before half-time before converting a controversial penalty in the second half, and the 23-year-old admitted he is currently relishing life under new boss Rudi Garcia as the Giallorossi continue to set the pace in the Italian top flight.
“It is a magic moment for me and I hope to continue like this,” Pjanic told Sky Sport Italia.
“Last season I trained well, yet I struggled to find playing time at the start.
“Every coach has his vision and in the end I worked hard to earn my space.”
Roma’s victory moved them five points clear at the top of Serie A, with Juventus able to close the gap back to two by beating Fiorentina on Sunday.
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.