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Pjanic to fight for his place at Barcelona

Sat 27 March 2021 | 11:12

With Pedri's development into a regular first-team and Koeman preferring Riqui Puig over the Bosnian on the bench, Miralem Pjanic’s position at Barcelona has come to serious doubt.

However, the former Juventus midfielder intends to fight for his place, he told

Mundo Deportivo

: "I did not sign for Barca to leave the following year.

"I signed to make history in a club that had been on my path for many years."

The Bosnian revealed that the Blaugrana were interested in his services as a youngster when he scored as Lyon dumped Real Madrid out of the Champions League in 2009.

"I decided to start my career in France but I always followed what Barca did," he said.

"Two years ago, [former Barca sporting director Eric] Abidal wanted to sign me, we were talking but the club invested in Antoine and there was no money left for me.

"I had to wait 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. 

"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."

On his situation at Barcelona, he added: "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.

"Koeman doesn't talk much to players so what I have to do is keep working to be ready when he needs me."

source: SportMob