Miralem Pjanic accused Barcelona head coach Ronald Koeman of disrespecting him. Besiktas loanee, Pjanic commented on his time with Barcelona after being frozen out by coach Ronald Koeman.
Bosnia-Herzegovina international Pjanic will play the next season at Besiktas on loan after a disappointing season at Camp Nou. The 31-year-old blamed Ronald Koeman for not respecting him after he joined Turkish champions Besiktas.
When asked if he was disrespected at Barca, Pjanic told Marca, “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.”
Pressed on what he thought the reason for Koeman’s snub was, 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.”
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