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Miralem Pjanic gives a definite answer on his Barcelona future

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The Bosnian midfielder has given a definite answer on his FC Barcelona future amid a difficult first season.

Despite struggles for regular opportunities, Miralem Pjanic’s only plans at Barcelona are to make history and not walk out after one season.

The former Juventus midfielder has made just nine starts in his 28 appearances in all competitions since his arrival last summer. In fact, he has played only 12 minutes of football across the club’s six games.

Pjanic even confessed last month his lack of chances under Ronald Koeman this season has been confusing. The 30-year-old, however, is unwilling his give up on his dream of playing and winning the Champions League for Barcelona.

“Yes, of course,” Pjanic told Mundo Deportivo on whether he plans to stay at Camp Nou.

“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 grow a generation of young people from La Masia who were climbing very strongly. Balance is essential, and I came to provide that balance.”

Pjanic added: “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.

“I have not stopped training a single day, although I arrived later because of the Covid-19. When I started with the symptoms, I couldn’t believe it… Koeman told me in pre-season to be calm, to get in shape, not to be in a hurry.

“Then it was difficult for me to enter. Koeman doesn’t talk much to players so what I have to do is keep working to be ready when he needs me.”