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Bosnian midfielder Miralem Pjanic has spoken out about his playing time in Barcelona, admitting he is unhappy with the situation.
Pjanic arrived at the Camp Nou during Juventus’ latest transfer window, in a play that saw Brazilian midfielder Arthur move in the opposite direction. So far this season he has started in La Liga, although he has been in the starting eleven in all five games of the Barcelona Champions League.
La Blaugrana play their sixth and final match of the Champions League group stage on Tuesday, against none other than Pjanic’s former club. If the Catalan giants can avoid defeat by two or more goals, they will finish first in their group.
Before his meeting with his former teammates, Pjanic spoke with La Gazzetta Dello Sport on his frustration at the lack of minutes at Barcelona.
Talking to the Italian store (via objective), the 30-year-old said: “Should I play more? Yes, and that’s what I want. I’m not satisfied and I can’t be, in my career I have never accepted the idea of not playing and I don’t even do it now ”.
He went on to describe his confusion at the whole situation, stating that he doesn’t know why he doesn’t play more.
“Honestly, I don’t even understand the reason for this situation. It is clear that I want to play a lot more. I don’t know what else I could do. I’m training, I’m ready. “
Among fans, the general consensus on Pjanic seems to be somewhat divided. While most of them can see its undeniable quality, its age is an issue. Coupled with the fact that it keeps La Masia graduates Riqui Puig and Carles Alena lower in the pecking order, it puts Pjanic in an awkward position with the Barcelona faithful.
The ex-gypsy ended his interview with a few kind words about his time in Serie A.
“My nine years in Italy were very beautiful and I honestly miss them. I had a great time at Roma and Juve, I enjoyed important seasons. Now I have this new challenge at the biggest club in the world and I have to get back in the game ”.