Pjanic: Leaving Roma was never an option

The Bosnia-Herzegovina star has made it clear that he never considered a transfer and dreams of winning the Scudetto this season

Miralem Pjanic has stressed that he never thought about leaving Roma irrespective of interest from Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.

The 24-year-old was one of Roma’s undisputed stars as they finished second in Serie A last term, catching the attention of the Ligue 1 champions and the Spanish giants in the process.

Neverthelss, Pjanic eventually opted to sign a new deal with Roma until June 2018 instead and he has now made it clear that a summer transfer was never an option for him.

“I signed a new deal because I believe in Roma’s project, in this team and in this coach,” the creative midfielder to Corriere dello Sport.

“It was an easy decision. Maybe I could have made more money elsewhere. But I want to play somewhere where I’m happy. I love the people at Roma, I love the club and I love the city. This is the perfect place to develop.

“I never thought about leaving. Negotiations over a new deal took a while because they took place during the season. There were a lot of rumours, but the people at Roma always knew what I wanted and that I wanted to sign a new deal before the World Cup.”

Pjanic then went on to insist that Roma have set their sights on the Serie A title this term after last year’s second place.

“We want to win this Scudetto. Is this the strongest Roma I’ve seen? I think so. We have had players arrive who have made us grow. 

“And we have young players who understand football and also have so much talent. But above all, this year the group has changed with respect to the past. 

“But we are not favourites. There is always Juventus, who deserved to win the league last year, and then Napoli.  We are there next and in contention. The pitch will provide us with the answers.”

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