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‘I’m improving’ Barcelona outcast shrugs off Genoa links

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Barcelona loanee Miralem Pjanic says he intends to stay at Besiktas until the end of the season.

Since joining Barcelona in 2020, Miralem Pjanic has not been able to find his best form at Camp Nou. The former Juventus midfielder moved to Besiktas on a loan deal in September.

The appointment of Xavi Hernandez has generated speculations around Pjanic’s future. In addition to returning to Barcelona, Pjanic has suitors in Serie A. However, the Bosnian star says he wants to stay at the Turkish Super Lig side until the next summer.

“I am happy at Besiktas and I want to stay until the end of the season,” the Barcelona midfielder said (via Football Italia).

“I haven’t played as much only because I have been injured.”

Pjanic suffered a thigh injury in September, which kept him out of action for weeks. The 31-year-old has featured in 13 games for Besiktas this season, providing four assists. 

It is unlikely that Xavi will insist on having Pjanic back at his Barcelona squad. The Catalans’ midfield is star-studded, with a few stars nearing exit for lack of game time. 

With the emergence of youngsters such as Nico Gonzalez and Gavi, Barcelona will most likely look to offload Pjanic. The club are closing in on signing Ferran Torres from Man City. However, they need to make more room on their wage list due to La Liga’s financial fair play rules.

Xavi’s side ended the year with a 1-1 draw against Sevilla on Tuesday. They will face Mallorca in their next game on January 2.