Miralem Pjanic

Miralem Pjanic speaks out over Chelsea, Man City & Barcelona links

Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic has today discussed the rumours surrounding his future, confirming that he has read a lot of things ‘that are not true’.

World-class

Pjanic, a 28-year-old Bosnian international, made the move to Turin from fellow Serie A outfit AS Roma in the summer of 2016 for a fee of 32 million Euro.

And the Metz youth product has since gone on to play a starring role for the Bianconeri, having been transformed into a deep-lying ‘regista’ by Juve boss Max Allegri after spending much of his stint with Roma playing in a more advanced position.

Pjanic’s absence is sorely felt when the former Lyon man is missing from the Old Lady’s midfield, with the tempo and flow of the Serie A champions’ attacks heavily dependent on the Bosnian’s calm demeanour in possession and splendid range of passing.

The 79-time capped international is also widely regarded as one of the finest set-piece specialists on the planet, a key aspect in Pjanic’s 7 goals and 14 assists across all competitions this past season.

In-demand

Reports stemming from both Spain and France last month claimed that Pjanic’s form in Turin had caught the eye of both Barcelona and Real Madrid, with the former rumoured to be particularly keen following Andres Iniesta’s departure for Japan.

However, the last couple of weeks have seen Italian outlets claim that the most intense interest in Pjanic’s services in fact stems from the Premier League, with Chelsea and Manchester City named as potential destinations.

And, with the former having since poached Napoli standout Jorginho from under the nose of City, the Citizens have subsequently been labelled as the most likely landing spot for Pjanic.

BERGAMO, ITALY – OCTOBER 01: Federico Bernardeschi of Juventus FC (C) celebrates with his team-mates after scoring the opening goal during the Serie A match between Atalanta BC and Juventus at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia on October 1, 2017 in Bergamo, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

‘Don’t care about what they are writing’

Pjanic himself has remained relatively tight-lipped on the speculation surrounding his future to this point, though he finally broke his silence during an interview with ESPN earlier today, confirming that he is more than happy at Juventus, and that much of the media talk concerning a possible transfer away from Turin is ‘not true’:

‘I listen to a lot of things that are not true.’

‘I’m cool. I’m preparing for my new season. That’s what’s the most important. What I did the last two seasons for Juventus was really great, and I am happy with what I’m doing here.’

‘I am cool … and I don’t care about what they are writing because I listen and I read a lot of things, and a lot of things are not true.’

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