Loaned to Beşiktaş after a 2020-21 season where he played very little at FC Barcelona (30 games, all competitions), Miralem Pjanic settled his accounts with the Catalan technician, Ronald Koeman.
The adventure of Miralem Pjanic at FC Barcelona will have been an ordeal. Recruited last summer from Juventus for an amount of € 60 million (and € 5 million in bonus), the 31-year-old midfielder had a complicated 2020-21 season where he only had very little playing time with the Catalan club. In an interview with Marca, the Bosnian loaned this year to Beşiktaş explains that he never regretted having joined FC Barcelona, one of the clubs he dreamed of when he was young, but the ex-Bianconero pointed the finger at the management of Ronald Koeman , the coach of Barça.
“My situation was already complicated from the start (…) Two, three, four, seven, ten days went by and the coach never came to talk a little about what he thought of the season, of me, just to talk, to introduce me to the team, like everyone else does. Very strange, but good “, he revealed. “I am a player who can accept anything but I would always like to be told the truth to my face. Not like nothing had happened and that I was 15 years old. ”
“What if I was disrespected?” The coach, yes. “
With only 30 games played throughout the season, the former Lyonnais admitted not understanding why he had not been used more than that. “I played all the positions, but he never recognized me in any of them. I did not have a clear position. Maybe I could sometimes go in for five minutes, ten minutes … or warm up for 45 minutes and not play … I’ve never experienced anything like this. It was not easy. You have to be strong, lucid, because sometimes you can react badly, it’s football ”, he blurted out. “From the end of February to May, I hardly played. I was very disappointed, sad, but luckily I’m a guy like that, I could have said “I have three years left on the contract and whatever happens, I don’t care”. But I’m not like that“.
Before admitting that the Dutch technician had disrespected him. Those who don’t play after games have a strong training session, while the first team players recover for the next game. “What is serious for me is that this coach never came to see the behavior of these players who do not play. It is the first time that I see this (…) It is one of the crudest things that I have never seen, for me, it is a very big lack of respect ». Atmosphere at FC Barcelona …
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