Miralem Pjanic has accused Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman of disrespecting him
after joining Besiktas on loan.
The midfielder endured a horrible spell at the Nou Camp, making just six starts after
joining from Juventus last summer.
Pjanic agreed to a salary cut of £3.4million (€4million), with Barcelona to continue
paying him while he is on loan. In addition, Pjanic will receive a £2.4million salary
(€2.75million) from Besiktas, as reported by Bolavip.
His fairytale move to Barca didn’t work out how he had expected and has been
criticized manager Koeman for the lack of communication during their time of
When asked if he was disrespected at Barca, Pjanic pointed fingers at Koeman.
He 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
Koeman’s poor communication was ‘killing his confidence’, according to the 31-year-
He added: “There was a point that I was playing less, things were getting
“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, however, has no regrets over the move to Barca and feels he can help the team
if he’s given a chance He continued: “No, never (regrets).
“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.
“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.”
Despite the Barca chapter of his career not working out, Pjanic is still willing to help
the club out.
Barca’s finances are a mess, and big name stars have also taken pay cuts just so the
club can register new signings for the season.
And Pjanic agreed to take an eye watering £3.4million salary cut from his £6.85m-
He will still be paid the rest of his salary by Barca whilst he’s on loan in Turkey, but
he’ll also pick up an additional £2.4m from Besiktas, according to Bolavip.