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Pjanic questions lack of game-time in bitter social media post

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Barcelona outcast Miralem Pjanic has questioned the club after he was left with little to no gametime after his first season at the club.

Barcelona outcast Miralem Pjanic has posted an Instagram message demanding answers after being left “with a bitter taste” at the end of his first season at Camp Nou.

The Bosnian arrived at Barca from Juventus last June in an exchange deal that saw Arthur move the other way, bringing to an end his four-year stay at the Allianz Stadium.

Pjanic established himself among the top midfielders in Europe during his time in Turin, but has so far been unable to live up to the same high standards in La Liga.

Pjanic has had to make do with a bit-part role in Ronald Koeman’s squad over the course of his first season at Barca, and took to social media to vent his frustration following their final-day victory over Eibar – during which he made a 16-minute cameo from the bench.

“Honour the shirt. Respect the team. Give everything on and off the pitch,” the 31-year-old wrote on Instagram.

“This is what you deserve Barcelona. This is what I have done with my teammates from day one.

“This season leaves me with a bitter taste & questions that still need answers.”

Pjanic featured in 30 games across all competitions for the Blaugrana in 2020-21, but only started 13 games, including just six in La Liga.

The former Juve star has yet to record a single goal or assist in Barca colours, and was left out of Koeman’s squad for the 4-0 Copa del Rey final victory over Athletic Club on April 17.

Pjanic has been linked with a move away from Camp Nou ahead of the summer transfer window, but he still has three years left to run on his current contract.