Pjanic: “I turned down other clubs to stay with Roma”

Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic gave an exclusive interview with Corriere dello Sport where the Bosnian touched on a wide range of different topics.


“We will give our best, we want to win the Scudetto. We are not the favorites and Juventus deserved to win the title but it is only on the pitch where we will see who is the best this season. The new signings have improved the level of the squad and some of the youngsters are very talented. I’m sorry for Castan’s injury and we hope it’s not serious.”


“I believe in the Roma project: the team and the coach. It was an easy decision to renew. I have always been fine here in Rome. Three years ago it happened so fast, it was the end of the transfer market window and Luis Enrique wanted me at all costs, Roma made me feel important which I liked immediately. I followed my heart, I always do and I followed it again when I signed the new contract.”

“I could have earned more money somewhere else but I want to play where I feel happy. In Rome I love the people, the city, everything about it. This club is perfect for my personal growth because here I can win and celebrate with these unique fans. I think these are the things that are important for me, money has never been one of my motives. Negotiations for the new deal took long because the season was already underway. There were many rumors about where I would leave to but the Directors always knew that I wanted to stay and sign before the World Cup started.”


“I don’t know about the problems between Benatia and the club but I do know that his intention has always been like mine, to stay at Roma. There’s no reason for Benatia to leave now.”

Past Managers:

“Zeman had a certain idea of football and it’s not for me to judge it. I don’t know if he’s a great coach or not, I will let others decide that. A lot of us didn’t get along with him. We worked hard but without pleasure. With Garcia it’s all different: he talks to you, listens to you, discusses with you. With Zeman this kind of relationship didn’t exist. Luis Enrique taught me to see football in a different light. Movements, tactics, footballing mentality. The whole team believed in him but unfortunately he didn’t have the time or patience to succeed at Roma.”