logo

Pjanic hits out at ‘disrespectful Koeman’ following deadline departure

Sat 04 September 2021 | 4:38

The Barcelona outcast joined Besiktas on a season-long loan following one poor campaign at Camp Nou.

Arriving at Barca from Juventus in 2020

 for a reported €60million fee in a swap deal that saw Arthur go the other way to Juventus for an estimated €72m, The Bosnian failed to convince and fell down the pecking order in the second half of the last season.

 

However, the Bosnian accuses the Blaugrana boss Ronald Koeman of disrespecting him. Pjanic told 

Marca

 when asked if he was respected at Barca: "

The coach, yes.

"I couldn't get used to the situation I faced last year. I knew I didn't want it. I'm a player. I love playing football, this is what makes me happy.

"I always wanted to play for Barca but I didn't expect the situation to get so complicated. 

"There was a point that I was playing less, things were getting complicated. And when I played it was difficult physically and mentally to be well, because it was killing my confidence, because I had no communication with [Koeman]. 

"It was very strange, because a coach is the one who says who plays and who doesn't, but there are different ways to do things. I am a player who can accept everything but I would always like to be told things face to face. Not as if nothing happened and I was 15 years old."

 

On why was the reason for 

Koeman's

 snub, 

Pjanic

 added: 

"I've honestly asked myself a lot of times, wondering what I did wrong. Maybe he didn't like that I said I wanted to play more public.

"But any coach would say 'okay, this is a competition and I like to hear that'. That might be it, but I'd have liked him to tell me to my face that I wasn't for him. It didn't exist though and I don't understand him. It's complicated because it's the first time it's happened to me and I've never seen behaviour like that before."

 

Asked if he regretted joining 

Barca

 from 

Juve

Pjanic

 said:

 "No, never. Things happen in life, and I've always fought through my career. I'm ambitious, competitive, I've reached the level of Barcelona and Juventus.

"I know I can play for those teams, I just wasn't given a chance."


source: MARCA