Pjanic was signed from Juventus in a €65 million deal but has been limited to just 17 LaLiga appearances – only six of which he started.

Pjanic signed a contract to make history at Barcelona

Miralem Pjanic reveals he does not want to leave Barcelona despite his tough first season with the club. Pjanic was signed from Juventus in a €65 million deal but has been limited to just 17 LaLiga appearances – only six of which he started. The 30-year-old said last month that he did not understand why coach Ronald Koeman overlooked him but insists that he is not ready to give up his success at the Camp Nou. When asked if he wants to stay at the club, Pjanic told reporters: “Yes, of course, I didn’t sign for Barca to leave next year. I signed a contract to make history at a club that was on my path for many years. When I was 16, my father met with the leaders of Barca who wanted to sign me for Barca B.”

The midfielder decided to start his career in France

“I was at Metz then, and we didn’t know how to appreciate that Barca B was 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 talked, 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, which I was asked to do when I signed for the Blaugrana. They told me that my character and experience would be vital in raising a generation of young people from La Masia, who were climbing very strongly. Balance is needed, and I came to provide that balance.”

The Bosnian wants this year to help win the double

“Look, I came to Barça 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, I train harder in the morning than ever so that the coaches will notice that I am not giving up. I did not stop training for a single day, although I arrived later due to Covid-19. When I started with the symptoms, I could not believe it. Koeman told me in the preseason to be calm, get in shape, not to be in a hurry. It was difficult for me to enter. Koeman doesn’t talk much with the players, so I have to keep working to be ready when he needs me.”

The Bosnia & Herzegovina international hopes to have enough time to prove his worth to the Spanish side but realise he has to fight off the challenge of some of their rising stars. “Continuity, two or three games to be able to show my football. That is what any footballer needs,” he said. “But I’m going to keep working every workout to earn that opportunity. The coach emphasises La Masia’s youth, which is great for the club because it maintains the style and betting on the players you coached. I can bring my experience to important matches.”