Ronald Koeman faces ANOTHER stumbling block in bringing in Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum as Miralem Pjanic reveals his plans to stay at Barcelona amid links midfielder could leave to help cash-strapped club
- Barca’s Ronald Koeman wants to sign Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum
- The former Holland boss had planned to offload Miralem Pjanic to free up space
- However, Pjanic has since revealed his plans to stay at the club for ‘many years’
Ronald Koeman’s pursuit of Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum hit another bump in the road after Miralem Pjanic declared his intention to stay at Barcelona next season.
The former Holland boss identified Wijnaldum as a key target to improve his midfield and had planned to offload Pjanic to free up space for the 30-year-old.
However, Pjanic has since revealed his plans to stay at the club for ‘many years’ as he looks to create ‘history’ with the Catalans after joining from Juventus last year.
Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman wants to sign Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum
According to Sport, Koeman had planned to offload Pjanic in the summer transfer window to make way for Wijnaldum.
Koeman had chosen to part ways with Pjanic to avoid losing any of the club’s young talent in midfield.
However, Pjanic seems to have different plans. Having told Mundo Deportivo that he plans to stay at Barcelona for ‘many years’.
When asked if he wanted to stay with the LaLiga giants next year, Pjanic said: ‘Yes, of course, I did not sign for Barca to leave the following year, I signed to make history at a club that had been on my path for many years.
The former Holland manager had planned to offload Miralem Pjanic to free up space
However, Pjanic (above) has since revealed his plans to stay at the club for ‘many years’
‘They told me that my character and my experience would be vital to grow a generation of young people from La Masia who were climbing very strongly. Balance is essential and I came to provide that balance.’
Despite having started just six LaLiga games this season, Pjanic is adamant that he will remain at the club next term and says he will not look elsewhere for more minutes.
He said: ‘Look, I’ve come to Barca to win the Champions League, that’s my goal. This year I want to help win the double, that’s my mentality.
‘I never give up. If I don’t play, the next morning I am training harder than ever so that the coaches will notice that I am not giving up.’
He added: ‘Koeman doesn’t talk much to players so what I have to do is keep working to be ready when he needs me.’