Despite signing a new contract last month, the 24-year-old remains one of the most coveted midfielders in Europe – but he says he’s going nowhere this summer
By Mark Doyle in Salvador
Miralem Pjanic has dismissed talk of a move away from Roma, insisting that he has “a great desire” to stay with the Serie A side.
The midfielder last month committed himself to the Giallorossi until 2018 yet he is still being linked with the likes of Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.
Pjanic reportedly penned a contract extension on the condition that Roma would not then try to cash in on their most valuable asset and he now fully expects to remain at Stadio Olimpico for the start of the new season.
“I’ve signed on for another four years,” the Bosnia-Herzegovina star told Goal after his country’s World Cup win over Iran in Salvador. “I have a great desire to return to Roma.
“The season starts soon and, with both the Champions League and the Scudetto [on offer this season], we’re aiming high.”
A 3-1 defeat of Iran at Arena Fonte Nova was not enough to see the Bosnians progress to the last 16, with their fate having already been sealed by defeats against Argentina and Nigeria, and the 24-year-old admitted that Safet Susic’s side were leaving Brazil with an undeniable sense of regret.
“We can be happy about this game but it’s a little bit of a strange feeling because we’re already going home, so we cannot be so satisfied about that,” Pjanic admitted after Bosnia ended up third in Group F, a point shy of a place in the knockout stage.
“But this game was important for us for our fans, for our supporters. This victory was for them.
“Our team could have made the next round because we have good players and we could have done more than we did in these three games.
“Before this game, we knew that we could not qualify, so it was difficult to find the motivation for this game but the team did very well [against Iran]. We were the better team.
“Unfortunately, against Nigeria [a 1-0 loss], we could have done much more. But we played well here [in Salvador]. We pressed right from the beginning and we didn’t give them much space.
“I think we could have even scored more but this final result was good. Now we have to prepare for our next competition, the Euros.”
Pjanic scored the second goal in Bosnia’s 3-1 victory over Iran, with Edin Dzeko and Avdija Vrsajevic also on target for the tournament debutants.