Miralem Pjanic Accuses Koeman of 'Disrespecting Him' Following Barcelona Exit

By Amreen
Miralem Pjanic hit out at Barca boss Ronald Koeman
Miralem Pjanic hit out at Barca boss Ronald Koeman / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Miralem Pjanic has accused Ronald Koeman of disrespecting him following his exit from Barcelona earlier this week.

Pjanic spent just one season at Camp Nou after joining from Juventus last season and made just six LaLiga starts owing to a lack of form and various injuries.

The 31-year-old joined Besiktas on a loan-deal and the Turkish club will pay a €2.7 million fee to secure the player on loan through the end of the 2021-22 season.

When asked if he felt he was disrespected at Barcelona, 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."

Pjanic was also asked if he regrets joining Barca, and said: "No, never. In life things that have to happen, happen. It is like that. I have fought all my life and my career, I am very ambitious, very competitive, I have reached the level of Juventus and Barca."

He concluded, "I know that I can play for this team, they just haven't given me the chance to compete, to join a group, to help more."