Miralem Pjanic opens up on his Barcelona struggle

    Miralem Pjanic is keen to fight his way into Barcelona’s starting eleven amid first-team struggles at Camp Nou.

    Pjanic moved to Barcelona from Juventus last summer as part of the swap deal involving Arthur Melo heading in the opposite direction.

    Though the original plan meant the Bosnia & Herzegovina international to inject much-needed creativity into the Catalans’ midfield, things have turned out to be quite frustrating for the 30-year-old so far.

    It has so far been a difficult season for the former Roma playmaker, as 19 of his 28 appearances for the club have come from the bench.

    More recently, Pjanic has seen only six minutes of action across Barca’s last six fixtures.

    With Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong, and Pedri all above the Bosnian in the pecking order, whispers linking the midfielder with a premature Camp Nou exit have started to circle around.

    Pjanic himself has recently admitted he is puzzled by a lack of game time under Ronald Koeman, throwing his future at Barcelona into a corridor of doubt.

    However, it doesn’t seem to be the case at all, with the player looking to work his socks off and force his way into the starting line-up.

    “Yes, of course,” Pjanic told Mundo Deportivo on whether he intends to remain in Catalonia.

    “I did not sign for Barca to leave the following year. I signed to make history at a club that had been on my path for many years.

    “When I was 16 years old, my father was meeting with Barca leaders, who wanted to sign me for Barca B. I was at Metz then, and we didn’t know how to appreciate that Barca B is so important in this club.

    “I decided to start my career in France, but I always followed what Barca did. Two years ago, [former sporting director] Eric Abidal wanted to sign me, we were talking but the club invested in Antoine Griezmann, and there was no money left for me.

    “I had to wait two years to live the dream of being a Barca player. I came to Barca because of my game and my experience as a winner. That’s what they asked me to contribute when I signed for the Blaugrana club.

    “They told me that my character and my experience would be vital to growing a generation of young people from La Masia who were climbing very strongly. Balance is essential, and I came to provide that balance.

    “Look, I’ve come to Barca to win the Champions League, that’s my goal. This year I want to help win the double, that’s my mentality.

    “I never give up. If I don’t play, the next morning I am training harder than ever so that the coaches will notice that I am not giving up.”


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