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“We have players better than him”: Barca boss Ronald Koeman gives his Honest Opinion on Miralem Pjanic’s departure

Ever since it’s completion back in 2020, Miralem Pjanic’s transfer to FC Barcelona was deemed to become a failed attempt at adding depth to the Blaugrana midfield. The Bosninan midfielder who was bagged by Barca in a swap deal with his former club Juventus FC in exchange of Arthur Melo, aces in roles that the Spanish clubs would never have been ready to offer him. His year-long stay at Barcelona was filled with bitter-sweet memories and he has now finally made his move out of the club to Turkish club Besiktas on a season-long deal with no plans to return.

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Ever since his move to Besiktas, Miralem Pjanic has been quite open about his tenure at the Catalan club and he has only spoken ill about lack of professionalism of their head coach Ronald Koeman and how the dutch gaffer restricted him the chances to grow at the club.

The former Juventus midfielder said that he was not given much opportunities by head coach Ronald Koeman and that when he tried to communicate with the Dutchman, he was always ignored.

“I always wanted to play for Barca but I didn’t expect the situation to get so complicated,” Pjanic had previously stated.

Ronald Koeman has now opened up on the allegations led upon by Miralem Pjanic. He said that the Bosnian is understandably frustrated with how things materialised so quickly. However, he made it clear that Pjanic was never on his priority list as, according to him, Barca have ‘better players than him’.

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What Koeman said about Miralem Pjanic’s transfer

Ronald Koeman says Barca had “Better players than Pjanic”

Speaking to Spanish News media site Mundo Deportivo, Ronald Koeman said, “I think it’s a bit of frustration on the part of the player that I understand.”

“But in our way of playing, in our ideas with the ball and without the ball, he has lost the battle with other midfielders, and nothing else.”

“I wish him the best. It has been complicated. We have tried, we have tried and we have seen that there are other players better than him.”

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